Call for Fellowship Applications for Fall 2021 | Children's Law Center

Call for Fellowship Applications for Fall 2021


Children’s Law Center (CLC) fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to advocate on behalf of children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With over 85 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at

CLC’s Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. CLC partners with Children’s National Hospital, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care to help children and their families overcome barriers to good health by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions.

CLC seeks applicants to sponsor as candidates for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other privately-funded public service fellowships beginning in September 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in providing legal advocacy and support to low-income parents and caregivers of children experiencing health-harming legal needs, including in the following areas: education/special education, health care access, mental health needs, and healthy housing matters.

CLC invites law students, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to apply for sponsorship and propose creative and impactful fellowship projects for the two-year period beginning in September 2021. The project proposal should be focused on one of CLC’s practice areas within the medical-legal partnership—education/special education, housing, and health care access. CLC is particularly interested in proposals that have a focus on education/special education, language access issues for families with children with special needs, children’s mental health care access, trauma-informed service delivery, and parent and family engagement. Once selected, candidates will work closely with CLC staff to fully develop their project proposals. Candidates who are awarded fellowships will be expected to develop expertise in CLC’s direct services practice areas, provide direct legal services to clients, participate in and develop community outreach and education opportunities, and when applicable contribute to upstream systemic and policy work to improve outcomes for DC children and families.

Requirements and Qualifications for Sponsorship Include the Following:

  • Current law school student or recent law school graduate
  • Demonstrated commitment to CLC’s mission and working with low-income communities and clients
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills
  • Intellectual aptitude and curiosity
  • Strong legal analysis and research, writing and oral advocacy skills
  • Cultural Competence
  • Excellent bilingual English/Spanish communication skills strongly preferred
  • Persistence/diligence
Application Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following to

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing your interest and experience in public interest and legal services
  • Brief statement of interest that describes your ideas for a project proposal
  • One brief legal writing sample
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.

Applications must be submitted by June 5, 2020.