Sponsored Fellowship Attorney 2019

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law firm advancing equal rights and opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities, is setting precedents and challenging norms. Attorneys at DRA gain valuable experience in undertaking high-impact litigation while doing work that is meaningful and advances civil rights.  With offices in California and New York, we provide legal representation in complex, system changing, class-action cases, achieving dramatic improvements for people with all types of disabilities in all areas of life: technology, health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting, juvenile justice, and housing.

For more information on DRA’s mission and impact visit www.dralegal.org.

Applicants will be considered for both our Berkeley and New York City offices.

Position Overview

DRA seeks passionate, talented, hard-working candidates to apply for collaboration on Skadden and other public interest fellowships. DRA has an established commitment to mentoring and training the best emerging lawyers to practice public interest law. We have sponsored more than 30 fellowships since our inception in 1993, including Skadden and other fellowships supported by generous DRA donors. Fellows at DRA gain unparalleled experience and are provided immediate opportunity to participate in all aspects of public interest litigation. Past DRA fellows have gone on to successful careers, most in public interest law.  Fellowship Attorney positions are full-time and report to our Directors of Litigation.

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to DRA’s mission to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide
  • Superior legal research and writing skills
  • Strong communication skills to, among other things, maintain and establish professional relationships with clients, co-counsel, and opposing counsel
  • Excellent time management skills, including the ability to track and meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Strong work ethic paired with the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations and circumstances
  • Excellent academic credentials

Candidates should be either law students who will graduate in the spring of 2019, judicial law clerks, or recent top law school graduates who are passionate about civil rights and disability law.


DRA offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% paid employee premiums, 401(k) with company contribution, generous holiday and paid time off benefits, and additional health and commuter benefits.

How to Apply

Please send the following to jobs@dralegal.org with “Sponsored Fellowship 2019” as the subject. You must submit your completed application by July 13, 2018 to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Law school transcript
  4. Three references (at least two direct supervisors)
  5. A writing sample (no more than 3-5 pages)
  6. Preliminary project proposal(s)

Applicants for fellowships that are funded and administered by law schools or foundations are encouraged to contact DRA as far as possible in advance of the deadlines associated with those programs.

DRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected under the law.