Are you a passionate new lawyer eager to join one of the nation’s most prominent civil liberties firms? NCLA’s inaugural Constitutional Litigation Fellowship (CLiF) offers a unique opportunity for recently barred attorneys to learn, contribute and thrive in a dynamic litigation environment.

Program Overview:

Eligibility: Lawyers at private law firms with 1-2 years of litigation experience OR fresh from one or more judicial clerkships. Someone between judicial clerkships would also be eligible.

Bar: Must have passed a bar exam that makes you eligible for admission to the DC Bar.

Highly competitive selection nationwide: Clerkship strongly preferred. Prior litigation experience required.

Fellowship Awarded by May 1: Decisions may be made on a rolling basis.

Quick Facts:

Work Location: NCLA’s Washington, DC office with travel as needed for litigation. NCLA’s office location will move to Virginia before the end of the Fellowship.

Litigation Experience: Fellows will start as ‘second chair’ on three cases. They will be expected to co-lead one case and initiate one other case throughout the one-year term of the CLiF.

Court Appearances: Fellows will make court appearances.

Fellowship Duration: 12 months, non-renewable.

Case Continuation: Fellows may ‘keep’ a case and work on it for NCLA as a pro bono firm project.

Important Note: If you would be unable to start by June 1 due to a current judicial clerkship ending this spring or summer, please indicate your available start date if selected.

Salary: Fellows will be paid at least $100,000 and are eligible for NCLA benefits equivalent to full-time Staff Attorneys. If coming from a law firm, the Fellow’s firm is welcome to ‘plus up’ that salary to match the law firm’s compensation for an associate at that level with the firm.



Submission: Email your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in NCLA’s mission and why you seek to become a Fellow, law school transcript, and a court-oriented writing sample to