Sponsored Fellowship Attorney (September 2020)

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, such as: 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.  Fellowship Attorney positions are full-time and report to our Managing Attorneys. The fellowship will begin in September of 2020.

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

Candidates should be either law students who will graduate in the spring of 2020, judicial law clerks, or recent law school graduates who are passionate about civil rights and disability law.


DRA offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package 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 2020” as the subject.

  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) of one page, including subject matter, target client population, and how impact litigation will advance the project

*We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by June 28, 2019. 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.