Skadden or Equal Justice Works Fellow
Job Type

Do you want Legal Aid Chicago* or Legal Action Chicago** to host your Skadden or EJW Fellowship application? In the fall of 2022 will you be a 3L, recent law grad, or judicial clerk? If so, consider applying for one of these post-graduate fellowships with one of us as the host organization.

About Legal Aid Chicago

* For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in

poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal

problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was

founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation,

regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by

dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Learn more about our work at

About Legal Action Chicago

** Legal Action Chicago is a subsidiary of Legal Aid Chicago and works closely with its advocates and

with community groups to identify the most pressing issues affecting low-income families, with a

special focus on racial equity. Because we are not bound by the restrictions that prohibit Legal Aid

Chicago from litigating class actions and pursuing legislative initiatives, we use these tools and other

forms of community-based policy advocacy to effect systemic changes. Learn more about our work at

Legal Aid Chicago and Legal Action Chicago staff live our collective mission through our core values of

equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.

Application Process: 

Interested candidates should submit the following: 

  • Your resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please 
  1. highlight your interest and experience in civil legal services and our client communities, and describe any ideas you may have for a fellowship proposal (note, however, that it is not necessary to have a proposal at this stage of the process); 
  2. state whether you wish to be considered by Legal Aid Chicago, Legal Action Chicago, or both; 
  3. and, for applicants seeking a fellowship with Legal Action Chicago, provide information about any experience you may have with class actions or policy advocacy.
  • A brief legal writing sample (2-4 pages). 
  • Your law school transcript. 
  • Contact information for two professional references. 
  • Legal Aid Chicago particularly welcomes applications from candidates with interest and/or experience in the areas of reentry services and environmental justice, but applications in any of the areas where Legal Aid Chicago practices will be very strongly considered. Legal Action Chicago welcomes applications in any of the areas where Legal Action Chicago practices. 

These materials should be sent no later than Monday, July 11, 2022.

Please note that Legal Aid Chicago and Legal Action Chicago may decide to sponsor more than one

individual for each Fellowship opportunity and that Fellowship awards are not guarantees of

employment with Legal Aid Chicago or Legal Action Chicago once the fellowship expires.

Legal Aid Chicago and Legal Action Chicago are also interested in other fellowship opportunities. If

you are interested in applying for a different fellowship with either organization as the host

organization, please follow the steps above and indicate the additional fellowship(s) for which you

would like to be considered.


Applicants should have the following: 

  • Experience with, or demonstrated commitment to, civil legal services. 
  • Excellent research, writing, and court advocacy skills. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting. We greatly value oral proficiency in languages other than English.
  • Personal or professional experience with, or other demonstrated commitment to, our client communities, including people living in poverty. We encourage applicants to share that relevant experience in their cover letter. 

Applicants must have the following: 

  • An Illinois law license or the ability to become licensed in Illinois, or 
  • At least two years of completed law school credit at an ABA accredited school.

Legal Aid Chicago and Legal Action Chicago are firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and are

proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore do not discriminate on the

basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital or

parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender

status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.