The Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowships

The Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowships

With The Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowships, we have created unique programs that effectively bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law by joining with two of the country's leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (NAACP LDF) and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The Fried Frank NAACP LDF Fellowship and The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship each give an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with NAACP LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows hold high-level positions on the staffs of both NAACP LDF and MALDEF.

The ideal candidate for a Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship is a third-year law student or recent graduate currently in a judicial clerkship. Candidates for The Fried Frank NAACP LDF Fellowship and The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship should have a genuine interest in both corporate and civil rights litigation.

The program annually hires one Fellow for one organization, alternating each year between NAACP LDF and MALDEF. For 2019 we are hiring for The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship.

How To Apply
To be considered, please email the following documents to or mail them to the address below for receipt no later than August 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST:
• A résumé
• Two letters of recommendation (one each from a law school faculty member and an employer)
• A legal writing sample
• A 500-word essay, as described below
• A law school transcript

The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship Applicant Essay
Select one or two civil rights issues of interest to you. Explain briefly why these issues are important to you and how you feel the Fellowship can serve as a vehicle to effect change in those areas, including how your experiences and/or skills may contribute to such change.

The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship Location
The first two years of The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship will take place at the New York City office of Fried Frank.

For more information, please contact:
Diversity and Inclusion
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP
One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004

The 2017 Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) Fellow: Alejandra Ávila