Post Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Detroit, MI

The Detroit Justice Center (DJC) invites rising third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a legal fellow. Our fellows gain practical experience defending and bolstering racial and economic justice by working on civil cases, client advocacy, policy, research, and building with movement partners.

We are looking for a fellow to begin working with our team in fall 2022. Together with the successful applicant, we will work to develop a project proposal for specific funding organizations, including Equal Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations (Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship), and the Skadden Fellowship, and for law schools, such as Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and University of Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship project to the fellow’s area of legal and social justice interest while strengthening the fellow’s skills as a lawyer and satisfying the funding organization’s eligibility requirements. Please note that DJC does not have independent internal funding for a fellowship.


The Detroit Justice Center works alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities. DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration. This mission requires innovative ways of community lawyering—rooted in defensive and offensive fights for racial justice and economic equity—that build up our poorest residents through direct services and novel approaches to land use, housing, and employment.

We use a three-pronged approach—what we call “defense, offense, and dreaming”—to serve individual clients, build power, and catalyze systemic solutions. Learn more about our Legal Services Practice, Economic Equity Practice, and Just Cities Lab.

We are looking for creative, committed individuals to support our mission to deliver community lawyering services, create economic opportunities for underserved communities, and promote just cities.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system to apply. 


We are looking to sponsor a fellow whose values align with those of DJC. Candidates should be comfortable working independently, managing projects, and collaborating as part of our team. Fellowship proposals could incorporate one or more of our areas of our practice—Legal Services, Economic Equity, and the Just Cities Lab.

Required Attachments

  • Résumé
  • Writing sample
  • Law school transcript
  • Cover letter that details specific interests and outlines a fellowship project proposal 

*(We ask that you keep your cover letter to no more than two pages, although you may propose more than one fellowship project)

We will begin to review applications on a rolling basis beginning in July of 2021. We expect that applicants who are rising 3Ls or judicial clerks will start the fellowship in September 2022. The candidate will be expected to work closely with the Detroit Justice Center through the funding process.