2021-2023 Graduate Law Fellow - Office of Legal Affairs
Legal Services Corporation
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Juris Doctor
Salary is based on years of experience post-law school graduation:
Recent graduate: $62,000
1 year of experience: $65,043
2 years of experience: $67,500
Graduate Law Fellows are eligible to participate in LSC’s excellent employee benefits program, including medical, dental and vision plans, 403(b) thrift plan, paid leave, and other employee benefits.
The Legal Services Corporation seeks recent law school graduates for its Graduate Law Fellowship. The Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates who are excited to impact social justice change and gain in-house counsel experience at a national non-profit organization. As the nation’s largest funder of civil legal aid, LSC is committed to equal access to justice. Diversity is one of LSC’s core values and we encourage candidates from populations underrepresented in the legal profession to apply. This is a paid one-year fellowship with an option to extend to two years.
Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 133 independent, non-profit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform legal research and writing on myriad topics such as statutory and regulatory interpretation concerning congressional appropriations, federal grants, and oversight of federally funded legal services; legal issues facing nonprofit corporations; and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Sunshine Act matters.
Assist with rulemaking drafting and activities.
Support our procurement process by drafting and reviewing Requests for Proposals and contracts.
Assist with the resolution of matters involving intellectual property, data sharing, labor and employment, ethics compliance and general business operations.
Participate on a variety of Access to Justice projects and other special assignments generated by LSC’s Board of Directors, such as task forces and forums.
Ensure that internal systems are implemented, and appropriate guidance followed.
Draft and revise internal policies and procedures.
Other related duties as assigned.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT:
We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our differences fuel excellence, and we strive to create an environment where every individual is valued and feels empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. We are building a community rooted in openness and trust where colleagues have the resources to grow, thrive and fully contribute to achieving equal access to justice.
LSC is an equal opportunity employer.
You must apply on our website. To have your application considered, you must answer all questions and provide all requested information. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Your application must include your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position. Apply at: www.lsc.gov/about-lsc/careers
Note: If you need an accommodation during the application process, please notify OHR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior work experience demonstrating strong customer service, work ethic, and professionalism skills; experience in and commitment to mission-based work; professional curiosity in multiple legal practice areas; Versatility and an eagerness to support all aspects of LSC business operations, including project management and communications; excellent legal research and writing skills; strong commitment to LSC’s mission of providing legal services to low-income persons; enthusiasm for public interest, government affairs, and regulatory or administrative law; able to take initiative, problem solve, and work independently; an ability to work as a part of a team; able to work collaboratively with external stakeholders and subject matter experts; willingness to manage and prioritize across tasks and adapt quickly to changing work needs; and pay close attention to detail.
A law degree from an accredited law school within the last two years or by June 2021, with a strong academic record. A high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required, particularly Word.
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance. LSC currently funds 132 independent, nonprofit legal aid organizations with nearly 800 offices throughout the nation.