Lawyers can apply to work as full-time legal fellows in the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh office of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. These positions are generally held by recent law school graduates pursuing careers in public interest law or more experienced lawyers who are in transition, although all qualified applicants are welcome to apply.


  • Law school graduate, licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or currently studying for the Pennsylvania bar exam.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Excellent research skills and writing ability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with lawyers and clients from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Availability to work full-time as a legal fellow in the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh office for at least three months.


Legal fellows are not paid by the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Some law schools offer funding to their graduates pursuing careers in the public interest, however, and we would be happy to work with you to apply for such funding from your law school. Working as a legal fellow offers excellent training in complex litigation and public interest lawyering, however, and we are committed to supporting our legal fellows in their professional development.

To Apply

Send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining your interest and summarizing your qualifications to serve as an ACLU legal fellow to with "Legal Fellow Application" in the subject line. Please specify which ACLU-PA office you are applying to work in (Philadelphia or Pittsburgh).

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community to apply.