May 24, 2021

Supreme Court & Appellate Program Fellowship

The MacArthur Justice Center’s Supreme Court & Appellate Program is welcoming applications from rising third-year law students and recent graduates who would be interested in joining its Supreme Court & Appellate Program through a funded fellowship in the fall of 2022.  Selected applicants will work together with MJC attorneys to develop and submit proposals for public interest law fellowships, such as Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, and law school-specific fellowships.

The MacArthur Justice Center is one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations and champions criminal justice reform through litigation, in areas that include police misconduct, rights of the accused, access to courts for indigent prisoners, the death penalty, and prison conditions. The organization’s Supreme Court & Appellate Program focuses specifically on appellate litigation as a vehicle for achieving change in these areas.

Applicants with diverse backgrounds and life experiences are highly encouraged to apply. Fellows have the possibility of working in Washington, DC or Chicago.  Applications are due June 25, 2021. We may be able to expedite our process for candidates who are facing deadlines from other organizations. Please reach out if you have concerns.

If you are interested, please send an email to, with “Fellowship Application” in the subject, attaching the following:

-A cover letter describing your interest and experience. Please also specify which location you would be interested in and any fellowships from your law school for which you are eligible.


-A list of three references.

-Law school transcript.

-Writing sample. Please include a cover note explaining any editing

The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, the formerly-incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.  We strongly encourage those who identify within these and other communities underrepresented in the legal profession to apply.  All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences.  People with experience in community activism and/or organizing are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race, military status, or ethnicity.