Project Based Legal Fellow - ACLU of Alaska

Legal Fellowships
July 11, 2017


The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking to host a project-based fellow beginning in September 2018. Rising third-year law students or recent law-school graduates are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will be based in our office in Anchorage, Alaska.

The ACLU of Alaska will work with the selected applicant to develop a proposal to be funded by a foundation—e.g., Equal Justice Works, Soros, or the Skadden Fellowship Foundation—or law school—e.g., Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship or Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship program to address an important civil liberties issue, to develop the fellow’s skills as a lawyer, and to satisfy the funding organization’s requirements. The ACLU of Alaska cannot offer funding from its own resources.

The ACLU of Alaska is specifically looking to sponsor a fellow interested in developing a project addressing one of the following three areas: (1) prison conditions, specifically healthcare, mental health, and solitary confinement; (2) the constitutional right to privacy; or (3) voting rights, specifically as those rights are affected in rural areas.


The ideal fellow will think critically, write clearly and accessibly, have policy or litigation experience (such as from a clinic or clerkship), and be passionate about civil liberties, social justice, and the mission of the ACLU of Alaska. The fellow should expect to have earned a J.D. before September 2018 and either be admitted to the Alaska Bar or be willing to qualify for admission.


To apply, please email a cover letter that includes how you learned of this position; an initial project proposal not exceeding two pages; your résumé; a writing sample; your law school transcript; and a list of three references to with “Legal Fellow” in the subject line. All material should be submitted in PDF form. Although email is preferred, you may also mail your application to:

ACLU of Alaska
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 207
Anchorage, AK 99503

The ACLU of Alaska will review applications on a rolling basis. We expect rising 3Ls or judicial clerks to be ready to start in September 2018. Current lawyers or recent graduates on a more flexible schedule are welcome to start earlier.

The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.


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