ACLU, New York is inviting applications from JD students for a legal fellowship in LGBTQ & HIV Project.

About ACLU, New York

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Its mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

About the Opportunity

The ACLU invites rising third-year law students and law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with them as a Legal Fellow for up to two years. The Jon L. Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project of the National office in New York, NY seeks applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship such as Equal Justice Works or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2023. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects 
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts 


  • J.D. or expected to receive a J.D. by the spring of 2023 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, criminal justice, and racial justice 
  • Willingness to work closely with the LGBTQ & HIV Project through the funding application process 
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion 


The ACLU has a litigator scale that determines pay for attorneys in our Legal Department. The range of salaries is the following, based on the year of law school graduation (please consult the hiring manager for specific salary details, based on individual circumstances):

  • 0-2 years since law school graduation: $76,320- $87,787 
  • 3-5 years since law school graduation: $93,493-$104,553
  • 6-10 years since law school graduation: $107,690- $121,206
  • 11-15 years since law school graduation: $124,843-$140,511
  • 16-20 years since law school graduation: $144,726-$162,891
  • 21-25 years since law school graduation: $167,778-$188,835
  • 26-30+ years since law school graduation: $194,500- $218,912 


2 years

How to Apply?

Please find the link at the end of this post.


New York

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