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Deadline date

July 28, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks third-year law students and recent law school graduates to apply for an Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship. The Fellow will work on a range of immigrants’ rights issues in Southern California, with a particular focus on immigration enforcement. The fellowship will be for a two year term, to begin no later than September 2018.

The fellowship is funded by the national ACLU’s Immigrants' Rights Project ("ACLU IRP"). The Fellow will receive the salary equivalent to an ACLU staff attorney of comparable experience, as well as health, dental, vision insurance and sick and vacation leave available to full-time ACLU employees.


The Immigrants' Rights Fellow will litigate cases and participate in other forms of advocacy to advance the civil and human rights of noncitizens in Southern California and elsewhere. Approximately 80 percent of the Fellow's time will be on projects with the ACLU of SoCal, and 20 percent with the ACLU IRP. The Fellow will be supervised by the Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU SoCal.

The ACLU SoCal's "integrated advocacy" model unites legal and policy advocacy for maximum impact. In keeping with that approach, the Staff Attorney will work closely with both attorneys as well as other advocates in the Immigrants' Rights teams on cases, advocacy projects, and campaigns. The Fellow will investigate, develop, and litigate impact civil and human rights cases in federal and state court to protect and expand the rights of noncitizens. The Fellow's non-litigation advocacy responsibilities will include: community education through outreach and "know your rights" presentations, public speaking, media interviews, and writing op-eds, reports and white papers.

The Fellow's work will focus on challenging immigration enforcement abuses under the current Administration. Among other responsibilities, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Litigate cases challenging unconstitutional enforcement practices and to establish protections against abuses
  • Develop advocacy and “know your rights” campaigns
  • Implement local and state policies, such as the California Values Act, that disentangle local law enforcement and immigration enforcement
  • Coordinate raids response networks in Southern California and throughout the state
  • Collaborate with ACLU immigrants’ rights staff and partners organizations throughout California

About ACLU SoCal

The ACLU of Southern California comprises two organizations: The ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (collectively "ACLU SoCal"). Founded in 1923, ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of numerous major efforts for civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, First Amendment, gender equity, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, police practices, education and economic justice. ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Application Guidelines

Please submit resume, cover letter clearly indicating their interest in the Immigrants’ Rights Legal Fellowship, writing sample, three references, and a law school transcript (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE) to jobs@aclusocal.org with the subject line "IR Legal Fellowship," or mail to:

HR Department-IR Legal Fellowship, Los Angeles Office; ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Applications encouraged before July 27, 2018, but will be considered until the position is filled.

The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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