Animal Law Institute 2018 Fellowship With the Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is pleased to announce a fellowship position with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Term of Employment: Full-time – Beginning in the fall of 2018 and will last for approximately two years. Position will be based in Cotati, California.

Reports to: Director of Litigation.

Position Objectives: Litigation Fellows in ALDF’s Litigation Program are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned cases and projects, including ensuring the completion of all necessary research, filings, and other aspects of litigation. Litigation Fellows are also responsible for assisting the Director of Litigation in developing new cases.


  • Must have a J.D., excelled in law school, and be admitted to practice law in at least one state (CA preferred, but not required) (awaiting bar results ok)
  • Must have graduated from law school in the last three years (Class of 2015 and after)
  • Must understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Must have excellent organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be computer literate and have experience with software applications, including, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, and opposing counsel
  • Must have a positive attitude and be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment
  • We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category. 

Salary and benefits: The positions offer a salary of $55,000 annually, and full benefits including medical, dental, 401k, holiday and generous Paid Time Off. Casual office environment, including bringing in your companion animals. Some remote work-from-home days allowed.

Application Instructions: The application deadline for this position is November 30, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early. Applicants should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to ALDF’s Legal Program Administrator, Cheryl Workman.

For additional details regarding duties, etc., visit the website.