Los Angeles



Deadline date

March 16 or until the position is filled

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks third-year law students and practicing attorneys with up to three years’ experience to apply for its Munger, Tolles & Olson Legal Fellowship to work on police reform, police practices, and criminal justice work.

This fellowship will have a particular focus on work surrounding gang databases and gang injunctions, but will include a wide variety of policing and criminal justice issues including police use of force, department discipline, surveillance, District Attorney accountability, and other issues as they arise. The fellow’s tasks will include litigation-related work as well as other forms of advocacy such as drafting letters to and speaking before public bodies, giving presentations to community groups, filing California Public Record Act Requests, and speaking with news media.

The fellow may support ACLU SoCal’s work in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties and may be located in either our Downtown Los Angeles or Santa Ana offices, but some travel between the two locations and around ACLU SoCal’s Southern California service area will be necessary. The fellowship will be for a two-year term, to begin no later than September 2020, and earlier if practicable.

The fellowship is generously funded by Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, whose work with the ACLU SoCal led to significant protections for the due process rights of those subject to gang injunctions and halting the enforcement of gang injunctions by the City of Los Angeles. The fellow will receive a stipend equivalent to the salary of an ACLU staff attorney of comparable experience, as well as health, dental, and vision insurance and sick and vacation leave available to full-time ACLU employees.

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 Munger Tolles & Olson Legal Fellowship, writing sample, three references, and a law school transcript (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE) to jobs@aclusocal.org with the subject line "MTO Legal Fellowship," or mail to:

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

Applications encouraged before March 16 (extended from February 28), but will be considered until the position is filled.


ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.