Pittsburgh or Philadelphia



Deadline date

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on January 1, 2023.


The ACLU-PA invites third-year law students and recent law school graduates who are eligible to receive funding through a post-graduate law school fellowship program to apply for ACLU-PA fellowship sponsorship.

In the past, we have sponsored legal fellowship candidates who receive funding through a post-graduate law school fellowship program to conduct litigation, research, and/or policy advocacy on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. We work with applicants to develop fellowship proposals that align with our institutional priorities, particularly criminal law reform and voting rights.

The ACLU-PA offers benefits to legal fellows, including 11 paid holidays along with vacation and sick leave and individual/family employer-provided health insurance. In the event that the fellowship program does not provide sufficient funding to meet the ACLU-PA’s salary scale for legal fellows (currently $59,970 for a one-year, full-time legal fellow), the ACLU-PA will make up the difference.


The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and civil liberties, a commitment and ability to work with and support a wide range of communities and a diverse workplace, and a willingness to collaborate extensively with the ACLU-PA in our advocacy work. Once selected, the ACLU-PA will work with the candidate to craft a fellowship proposal and submit a joint application to the sponsoring law school.


If you would like to be considered for sponsorship, please send us an email at legalsearch@aclupa.org with the following materials: your resume, a cover letter indicating your interest and any requirements related to fellowship funding (e.g., deadlines, requirements the sponsoring employer must meet, and anything else it would be helpful for us to know about the fellowship), and a brief writing sample (no longer than 10 pages). 

In the subject line of your email, please include your last name and the position for which you are applying (e.g., 2023 Legal Fellowship).


For 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to help ensure that all people have access to the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. As an affiliate of the ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania focuses its work on issues that directly impact people who live, work, or travel to/from Pennsylvania. We also work with the National ACLU on litigation and advocacy. Our current work includes: seeking to protect the right to vote; improving conditions and seeking release for incarcerated people during this pandemic; challenging racial profiling in Black and brown communities; and working to reduce pretrial and probation related detention.  

The ACLU-PA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We value a diverse and inclusive work environment where employees feel a sense of belonging and strongly encourage women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or houselessness, and people who have had prior contact with the criminal legal system to apply. ACLU-PA invites all applicants to include in your questionnaire how your particular background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.