Sponsored Legal Fellowship 2023-2024

About CAC

The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm, think tank, and action center dedicated to making real the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text, history, and values. We work in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all in America and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests

The Opportunity

CAC is interested in hosting a legal fellowship for a recent law school graduate or judicial clerk interested in applying for the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, JusticeCatalyst, or other externally funded legal fellowships to begin in the fall of 2023.  Applicants interested in applying with CAC as their host organization are encouraged to apply to us as soon as possible.

CAC seeks applicants interested in beginning their careers in legal advocacy with a grounding in the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text, history, and values.  The Fellow will join CAC’s litigation team and participate in all aspects of the team’s work.  CAC’s litigation team does significant amicus work in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, as well as some direct litigation work.

The Fellow will be exposed to CAC’s methodological approach of progressive originalism, as well as to the range of substantive areas in which we work.  The Fellow will provide substantive assistance with the research and writing of briefs.  Based on the Fellow’s project proposal and areas of interest, the Fellow will be lead drafter on at least one brief during the year and/or develop a white paper.  CAC will also provide the Fellow with opportunities to work with our think tank and communications teams to see the full range of our work and the various ways in which litigation, policy, and communications can complement each other in progressive advocacy. 

The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C. The Fellow reports to CAC’s Chief Counsel.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • a recently completed or soon to be completed law degree with an excellent academic record,
  • a completed clerkship is a plus, but not required,
  • strong English reading and writing skills,
  • excellent attention to detail,
  • demonstrated dedication to a progressive vision, and
  • ability to be a team player as well as a self-starter.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for Fellows at CAC is $70,000.

CAC provides an excellent benefits package to our staff, including health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, SmarTrip benefits, three weeks of paid vacation, one week of paid sick leave, and paid leave for federal holidays.

How to Apply

Applicants may prepare their own project proposals for consideration, or adopt or adapt one of CAC’s existing project ideas (see list in the Additional Resources section below).  Please send a cover letter that includes a paragraph on your project proposal and the name of the external fellowship for which you intend to apply; résumé; transcript; and writing sample to Keo Xiong at keo@theusconstitution.org.

Selected applicants will discuss their proposal ideas and interests with a CAC staff member in a pre-screen interview. 

CAC staff will work closely with the selected candidate to develop their final proposal to be submitted to the external fellowship program.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At the Constitutional Accountability Center, we view the Constitution as an inherently progressive document—amended over the generations to become more just, equitable, and inclusive. To make real the promises of our national charter, we must honor and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds, and especially the contributions of historically marginalized communities. As an organization, we make every effort to live by these ideals and help create the conditions that will allow all individuals and communities to thrive.

We are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of talented and diverse staff who believe in true justice and equality for all people. The Constitutional Accountability Center is an equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/Latina or Latinx, Asian American or Pacific Islander, and from other underrepresented communities to join us.

To learn more about the Constitutional Accountability Center, please visit www.theusconstitution.org.