Post-Bar Legal Fellow


Title: CAIR-LA Legal Fellow

Schedule Type: Full-Time (Exempt)

Salary: $60,000-62,000 for one-year

Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment Discrimination, Immigrants’ Rights, National Security, Open Government, Police Practices, Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Los Angeles (CAIR-LA) seeks third-year law students, recent law graduates, and practicing attorneys with up to three years’ experience to apply for a one-year Legal Fellowship to work on priority issues affecting the American Muslim community. The fellowship will be for a one-year term, to begin no later than September 2021, and earlier if practicable.

Specifically, CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department is looking to identify a qualified candidate with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and to serving the Muslim community to fill the Fellowship position. The Fellow must be a motivated individual who will be expected to identify, strategize, and use creative legal and grassroots advocacy solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest and application as soon as possible through our website as described below. If selected, CAIR-LA will work with the applicant to refine the project proposal and provide the required support to assist the candidate in submitting a fellowship application to the sponsoring law firm. Proposed project ideas should be in areas that the applicant has a strong and demonstrated interest and should advance the rights of Muslims in the U.S.

About CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department

CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims. The department counsels, mediates, and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination.

Fellows gain the skills, knowledge, and exposure required to deal with contemporary civil rights issues affecting the American Muslim community, including employment discrimination, public accommodation discrimination, First Amendment rights, the rights of incarcerated individuals to religious accommodations, school bullying, equal protection, and procedural due process issues.

The following are examples of subject areas that a project can address:

  • Combatting Civil Rights abuses and Islamophobia in the National Security context
  • Addressing school bullying and Islamophobia in the K-12 context
  • Islamophobia on college campuses and its impacts on Muslim students
  • Countering barriers to immigration benefits by advocating for Immigrants’ Rights
  • Responding to the increase in hate crimes facing Muslims and members of the AAPI community from a legal and policy perspective
  • Promoting inclusive places of work for Muslims by addressing issues of employment discrimination impacting Muslims

General Duties and Responsibilities (Exclusive of Project Specific Goals)

  • Support the Civil Rights departments advocacy and litigation work
  • Conduct intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with an incredibly diverse community
  • Perform in-depth legal research
  • Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, briefs and memos; and non-legal writing including drafting community advisories, issue briefings, and reports
  • Communicate with outside parties such as attorneys, employers, law enforcement agents, administrative agencies, etc.
  • Work to educate and empower diverse community members on their rights through community presentations and material distributions
  • Participate in outreach activities through community events and coalition meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Be enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school with an expected graduation in 2021 or be already admitted to the California State Bar
  • Candidates who have not yet been admitted to practice law will be expected to have been admitted in the Fall of 2021
  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the greater Los Angeles area
  • High degree of self-motivation and creativity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights, immigrants’ rights, and CAIR’s mission
  • Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Spanish, or Somali preferred but not required


  • Fully paid Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for employee and dependents
  • Paid time off for incoming staff includes: 12 Paid vacation days, 10 holidays, and 10 sick days
  • IRA matching program
  • Professional development budget


  • Please note that all new employees go through a background check and a 90-day introductory period.

To apply, please submit the following: (1) a letter of interest in the position including a specific project proposal or specific area of interest and your earliest date of availability to start, (2) your resume, (3) a brief legal writing sample, and (4) your law school transcript. Please attach all documents to your submission.

Application Deadline

June 25, 2021. This deadline is to ensure sufficient time for the candidate to finalize a project proposal with CAIR-LA before submitting their fellowship application to the sponsoring law firm.

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer

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