The Center for Reproductive Rights Announces Fellowship and Summer Internship Openings

Founded in 1992 and located in New York City, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. CRR is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise on U.S. constitutional law, comparative law and international human rights law.


Fellowship application deadline: 1 November 2012

The new fellow will join CRR at an exciting time for the institution and at a critical time for the nation. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short, medium and long-term strategies, embodied in a new strategic plan launched in 2012.

Responsibilities:U.S. Legal Fellows play an integral role in the department’s work, which includes trial court and appellate litigation; human rights advocacy; legislative and other advocacy projects; drafting of public education materials; public speaking; and legal analyses of state legislation. Some travel is required. These are two-year fellowships. The positions are full-time, beginning in the Fall of 2013 (an earlier start date may be possible if desired by the fellow), and based in New York City.

Qualifications: Juris Doctor degree. Applicants should be self-motivated, capable of complex legal analytical work and have an ability to write clearly and effectively. Knowledge of, or commitment to, reproductive rights or other civil rights and justice issues is desirable.

How to Apply: The deadline for applications is 1 November 2012 (applications received after that date may be reviewed at the discretion of CRR).

Please send your cover letter, resume, at least one legal writing sample and the contact information for three references via email (preferred).

Note: Applicants must indicate “Legal Fellow – United States Legal Program (code 153)– and your last name as the subject of emailed applications. Cover letter, resume, writing sample and references should be sent as attachments. If applicants are applying for more than one position at the Center for Reproductive Rights, they must submit an application for each position separately.

Mailing address:
Legal Fellow – U.S. Legal Program
Center for Reproductive Rights
120 Wall Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Fax: 917-637-3666

Summer 2013 USLP Legal Internship Openings:

Summer internship application deadline: 26 November 2012

As a legal intern with USLP, you will analyze state and federal legislation, conduct legal research in connection with active and potential litigation, assist attorneys with client intake and work with members of CRR’s legal team on developing and carrying out the Center’s approaches to strategic and theoretical legal issues. The New York summer program also includes opportunities for joint projects with CRR’s Global Legal Program, lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations and other activities.

CRR seeks to hire four skilled and highly-motivated summer legal interns to help them pursue our mission of advancing women’s fundamental human rights. Applicants are encouraged to obtain funding from law schools or other sources; the Center may be able to provide limited funding. The summer program is ten weeks long.

Qualifications: Law students are expected to have completed at least two years of law school, to have strong legal research and writing skills, and have to demonstrate interest in public interest, gender justice and/or reproductive rights.

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, legal writing sample and contact information for two references via email. Each document should be submitted as a separate attachment. Your cover letter should tell CRR why you share in the Center’s mission and vision, and how you think you would help us to pursue it. CRR encourages you to learn about the organization from its website, and from the cases CRR has litigated, before you submit your application.

You must indicate the position to which you are applying in the subject line of the email, as follows: “United States Legal Program Intern, Code 154, your last name.” (You may apply to both the U.S. Legal Program and the Global Legal Program, but must separately apply to each). CRR will not consider applications submitted incorrectly.

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. CRR encourages you to submit your application no later than 26 November 2012.