Opportunities for Law Students & Graduates 

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CAIR-NY Recent Law Graduate Fellowship (External Funding Only)

CAIR-NY, the New York chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, seeks to protect the civil liberties of American Muslims 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 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 (intake and case management), research, writing, and policy advocacy. Fellows will work directly with clients, under the supervision of CAIR-NY’s Director of Strategic Litigation, with responsibility for individual cases and advocacy short of litigation.

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: “2017 Legal Fellowship."


Civil Rights Intern - Law Students

Internship applications are accepted year-round to carry out a broad mix of direct legal services (intake and case management), research, writing, and policy advocacy.  Interns will work directly with clients, under the supervision of CAIR–NY’s Director of Strategic Litigation, with responsibility for individual cases and advocacy short of litigation. For example, interns will work with victims of discrimination to draft letters, EEOC complaints, and DHS redress requests.  Interns will write legal memos on topics connected to CAIR–NY's pending civil rights litigation, including religious discrimination by law enforcement agencies.

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”