Litigation Fellow

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law invites applications for our 2019-2020 Litigation Fellowship, a one-year, potentially-renewable position based in New York City and beginning August/September 2019. This fellowship is designed for recent graduates with an interest in litigation and passion for improving how policing occurs. The Litigation Fellow will play a significant role in crafting and driving the Policing Project’s litigation efforts. The goal of this litigation is not to target particular police departments, but to develop creative and innovative claims to reshape constitutional and administrative law toward promoting democratic accountability in policing.

This position is funded by the generous support of The Justice Catalyst. The Catalyst’s mission is to activate path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering that have real-world impact and improve the lives of those denied access to justice by developing and supporting creative legal strategies that have concrete impact on a broad scale.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a host of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways. You can learn more at

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Litigation Fellow will report directly to the Policing Project’s leadership team and will be responsible for:

  • Spearheading litigation development efforts, including developing plausible legal claims and evaluating jurisdictions to determine which will be more favorable on issues such as justiciability; non-delegation of authority to administrative bodies; how police and local entities are treated under state administrative law; what state administrative or due process law requires in terms of cabining discretion; fee-shifting; and other critical issues;

  • Conducting factual research into potential claims and clients;

  • Assisting leadership in developing and working with pro bono partners;

  • Working with and supervising undergraduate and graduate interns, as needed.

The Fellow’s initial salary will be $65,000 (with some adjustment for additional experience). Compensation includes an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

Above all, we are seeking to hire someone passionate about improving public accountability around policing. Ability to work hard and proactively is a must. In addition, we will consider the following qualifications when evaluating applicants:

  • J.D. required; bar admission not;

  • Experience with or strong interest in litigation, as demonstrated through clerkships, law school clinics, and/or previous work experience;

  • A strong interest in policing issues, from traditional to emerging policing technologies;

  • A strong interest in criminal law and/or civil rights work;

  • Strong written communications skills;

  • Strong interpersonal skills (be it talking with a police chief, a line officer, a community organizer or activist, or an academic);

  • Good judgment and proven capacity to multitask;

  • Ability to occasionally travel and represent the Policing Project’s work in public;

  • Residency in New York City area or willingness to relocate.

The Policing Project heartily welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and at least two references to Please indicate “Litigation Fellow Application” in the subject line of your email. Cover letters should include when you are available to start and any salary requirements. Applications should be submitted by April 26, 2019, and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview.

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