Legal Fellow - CWRU Social Justice Law Center

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time, one-year fellowship position. A possible one-year renewal is dependent upon performance and funding. Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree in law or a legal field and have an interest in developing an expertise in Social Justice issues.


The Social Justice Law Center at Case Western Reserve University serves to promote and support research on the social inequities created and reinforced by the American legal system and to ensure that interested students have access to doctrinal curricular offerings, research and writing opportunities, hands-on experiential educational experiences, as well as intellectually honest and thought-provoking legal scholars all focused on social justice legal issues. In doing so, it serves to educate and guide the next generation of lawyers in the development of solutions to rectify inequality and oppression in meaningful ways.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Gathering and organizing research on social justice-related issues with an emphasis on youth justice
  • Creating and maintaining a database of relevant community organizations, stakeholders, youth justice legal actors
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings with stakeholders of various sizes as necessary to gather information and build relationships
  • Coordination and scheduling of Center-related speakers
  • Create SJLC Newsletter monthly
  • Create content and manage social media outreach and presence
  • Revise and increase SJLC website content
  • Return telephone calls requesting assistance from community members
  • Coordination of students research assistants




Mandatory qualifications:

  • A JD (or equivalent legal doctoral level) degree, with a record of strong academic achievement.



  • Demonstrated interest in social and racial justice issues.


Applicants should send the following documents to the attention of Ayesha Hardaway at

  1. a detailed cover letter explaining their specific interest in and qualifications for the position,
  2. a resume specifically tailored to the position,
  3. a brief legal writing sample (800 words maximum—excerpts OK), and
  4. at least two references.

This posting will remain open until filled.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis. Further information about the law school is available at