Opportunities for Law Students & Graduates 

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Fellowship Host Organization Solicitation
(External Funding Required)

CAIR-NY, the New York chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, seeks to advocate for Muslim New Yorkers by building coalitions that advocate for justice and mutual understanding. The New York chapter is one of the busiest and most dynamic of CAIR’s more than thirty nationwide affiliates, defending, representing, and educating over one million Muslims in the New York area.

Fellowship applications are accepted year-round to carry out a broad mix of direct legal services, impact litigation, research, and government affairs engagement.  Fellows are expected to work on a significant research project during the course of their time at CAIR-NY, while also taking on a wide-array of individual cases. CAIR-NY’s work includes a unique mix of criminal, civil, and administrative matters, ranging from challenges to the Muslim Ban, to civil follow-on litigation for victims of hate crimes, and representation in national security investigations.  Additionally, our organization is at the forefront of emerging surveillance and privacy issues, lobbying and advocating for reforms at the municipal, state, and federal levels.

While we are primarily interested in project proposals relating specifically to the Muslim community, we are open to any proposal relating to civil liberties and civil rights.  CAIR-NY expects the largest need for fellows in the areas of: technology & privacy; law enforcement practices; criminal justice reform; employment law; rights of inmates in jails and prisons; expanding access to legal representation; student rights; equal access to education; immigrants’ rights; and voting rights.

Qualifications:

  • Some experience with one or more of the following: litigation in federal courts; FOIA/FOIL litigation; First Amendment law; immigration law; employment law; Section 1983 police misconduct litigation; class action litigation; and/or national security law.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and phone skills.
  • Documented interest in civil rights and/or issues affecting American Muslims.
  • Preference given to students who have taken constitutional law, administrative law, and/or federal courts.

Candidates must secure their own external funding

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “2018 Legal Fellowship."


Civil Rights Intern - Law Students

Internship applications are accepted year-round to carry out a broad mix of direct legal services, impact litigation, research, and government affairs engagement.  Interns take on a wide-array of individual cases, under the supervision of CAIR-NY’s Legal Director. Our work includes a unique mix of criminal, civil, and administrative matters, ranging from challenges to the Muslim Ban, to civil follow-on litigation for victims of hate crimes, and representation in national security investigations.  Additionally, our organization is at the forefront of emerging surveillance and privacy issues, lobbying and advocating for reforms at the municipal, state, and federal levels.  Interns will gain significant experience with client engagement, legal writing, and advocacy.

Qualifications:

  • Some experience with one or more of the following: litigation in federal courts; FOIA/FOIL litigation; First Amendment law; immigration law; employment law; Section 1983 police misconduct litigation; class action litigation; and/or national security law.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and phone skills.
  • Documented interest in civil rights and/or issues affecting American Muslims.
  • Preference given to students who have taken constitutional law, administrative law, and/or federal courts.
  • All law students are welcome to apply; preference is given to 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • Preference given to students who can devote at least 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 30 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Civil Rights Intern”