Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Advocacy Fellowship

YLC is seeking third-year law students and/or judicial clerks who are interested in a full-time fellowship position working on child welfare and juvenile justice advocacy issues in a nonprofit legal aid environment. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with lived experience of involvement in the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems, and candidates specifically committed to addressing harms to Black and Brown children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Qualified candidates are self-starters with a vision for a project area that aligns with YLC’s mission, and are applying for a sponsored fellowship with the Equal Justice Works Foundation, Skadden Fellowship Foundation, or another similar fellowship. YLC will work closely with each selected candidate to develop a strong project proposal that integrates well with our current advocacy goals and strategy.

YLC offers its fellows a comprehensive health benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision plans) as well as generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday time, and other fringe benefits.

Depending on the nature of the project proposal and future public health guidance related to COVID-19, it may be possible for this role to be performed remotely, including outside of California.

Applications for fellowships beginning in Fall 2021 should be submitted no later than Friday, August 21st.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, list of three personal references and a writing sample. Youth Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Your application package may be submitted via the following link:


Or, you may send it via postal mail to:

Youth Law Center
attn: Careers
832 Folsom Street, #700
San Francisco, CA 94107

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