2023 Legal Fellowship – No longer accepting applications

The Position

NCYL seeks to sponsor applicants for the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, Bridge, and other fellowships. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in working in one or more of NCYL’s general areas of focus: Education, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Health, Mental Health, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, and Immigration. 

Our campaigns weave together multiple strategies, including:

  • Impact litigation
  • Legislative and policy development and advocacy
  • Partnerships with public agencies
  • Demonstration sites in which we work directly with children, youth and families
  • Coalition building
  • Building the capacity of community-based organizations

Candidates may, but need not, have a specific fellowship project in mind. We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project proposals.

Essential Functions 

  • In collaboration with NCYL staff, develop a proposal for a project that advances justice for marginalized children and youth 
  • Apply to public interest fellowships in consultation with NCYL staff 
  • Once a fellowship is awarded, join NCYL as a fellow in September 2023 
  • Implement the fellowship project under supervision from NCYL staff 


  • Graduating from law school in Spring 2023 or have been clerking since graduating from law school in a prior year. 
  • Interest in working in one or more of NCYL’s general areas of focus. 
  • Commitment to advancing justice by protecting the rights of children and youth and improving the systems that impact their lives. 
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Ability to work independently and on a team. 

Physical Requirements 

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. This position requires the ability to work remotely and requires some travel.

Salary, Benefits and Location  

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary of $73,307.00 annually. A geographic salary differential may be applied if a candidate resides somewhere other than the Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, or Washington, DC areas. 

NCYL provides robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Candidates must reside in California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC at the time the fellowship begins in September 2023. 

Note: It is possible that by September 2023, NCYL will begin requiring staff to work in a NCYL office at least a few days a week, in which case applicants will need to be in a location where they can commute to a NCYL office regularly. Our offices are located in Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Washington, DC. We are actively engaging in this conversation as an organization. We understand that the nature of the workplace has changed in general. We don't yet know what remote work will look like in 2023.

How to Apply  

No longer accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted through June 24, 2022. Please do not expect to be contacted until after this date. 

Applicants with lived experience within any of our practice areas, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.