ABA – Women’s Rights Legal INTERNSHIP AND fellowship program

February 16, 2016

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to invite applications for its pro bono Women’s Rights Legal Internship and Fellowship Program based in the Research and Assessments Office in Washington, D.C. The interns (J.D. or LL.M. students) and fellows (J.D. or LL.M. graduates) will work to support a wide variety of short- and long-term research projects related to women’s rights, gender equality, gender integration, and trafficking in persons, including an assessment of the status of women in Libya, a gender mainstreaming manual, and an investigation of global supply chains and human trafficking risks in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Terms of the Fellowships

The Women’s Rights Legal Internship and Fellowship Program is open to J.D. and LL.M. students and graduates who will have authorization to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.

ABA ROLI is currently accepting applications for the summer 2016 internships starting in May/June 2016, and for the 2016-17 fellowship cycle (start date negotiable). While preference will be given to candidates who can commit to holding the fellow position full- or part-time for at least one year, ABA ROLI will also consider hiring short-term fellows for a minimum period of three months in the summer and fall of 2016, and in the spring of 2017.

While the fellowships and internships are unpaid, ABA ROLI is open to sponsoring fellows applying for external funding from their respective laws schools, law firms, or public interest institutions and foundations.

In addition, fellows will be eligible for a wide variety of ABA perks and learning opportunities including:

  • Transportation reimbursement up to $12.00/day;
  • Field trips to D.C. legal destinations such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court, and Library of Congress;
  • Brown-bag lunches with ABA ROLI staff and guest speakers.


Typical responsibilities include:

  • Conducting in-depth legal research on the status of women and/or trafficking in persons in selected countries or regions;
  • Writing assigned sections of assessment reports and technical guides;
  • Assisting in developing training modules and presentations;
  • Organizing panel discussions, brownbag lunches, and other events;
  • Responding to research requests from DC- and field-based staff;
  • Providing general support for the Research and Assessments Office.


  • Current law student or recent law graduate;
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, women’s rights, and gender equality;
  • Solid knowledge of women’s rights and trafficking in persons, as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework;
  • Proficiency with MS Office;
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French field highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with the international development field a plus.


Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing availability, whether they are applying as a long-term fellow or intern, and why they feel they are qualified for the position. Finalists will be required to submit a writing sample.

Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.


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