Seeking Post-Graduate Legal Fellow to Assist People with Criminal Records

The Community Service Society (CSS), a nonprofit organization representing low-income New Yorkers for more than 170 years, seeks to sponsor third-year law students and recent law school graduates who wish to apply for public interest fellowships, including those from Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis, and Yale.


CSS will work closely with the chosen sponsor to develop an attractive, fundable fellowship proposal aligning with the sponsor’s interest and our current focus: reentry for people with criminal records. The CSS Legal Department primarily focuses on employment, education, and housing rights for these individuals, and it partners with community groups and trained volunteers to help people understand and fix mistakes on their criminal records.

While CSS has some potential projects in mind, we welcome candidates interested in creating effective fellowships to ensure that people with criminal records are treated fairly in all aspects of their lives.

For more information on CSS’s reentry initiatives, please visit:


Candidates must be entering their third year of law school or recent law school graduates who can begin work around August 2014, and they must either be admitted to the New York State bar or sitting for the New York State bar exam in July 2014.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter, each no more than one page, to the address set forth below. In the cover letter, candidates should briefly describe their qualifications; experience with reentry issues; and, if possible, a proposed project. Candidates with experience in the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply; as are women; people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Please email applications by July 12, 2013 to Vivian Lagares, Legal Department Management Coordinator, at with “2013 fellowship application” as the subject line.

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