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Public Interest Fellowship

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for a full-time public interest fellow to partner with our office.

About SCHR

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.

Over our forty-six-year history, SCHR has litigated precedent-setting cases in hostile climates across the South, against all odds. SCHR has forced county and state governments to reduce overcrowding in prisons and jails, provide adequate medical and mental health care, and abate violence and abuse. We have argued and won five death penalty cases at the US Supreme Court, four of which challenged profound race discrimination in capital trials. Our combined litigation and policy advocacy helped bring about the creation of a statewide public defender system in Georgia. For more information about SCHR, visit

About the Position

SCHR seeks candidates to partner with our office for a post-graduate fellowship. The ideal candidate will graduate from law school in Spring 2024 or has recently graduated from law school within the past two years. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color and a keen awareness of the race and class issues underlying the criminal legal system. If you are looking for a traditional 9 to 5, or are anything less than 100% committed to the inherent dignity of our clients and the work involved in carrying that message forward, then we are not a fit for you. Fluency in Spanish is welcomed.

Please Note: Selection for a fellowship does not guarantee employment at SCHR and instead represents an agreement between SCHR and the individual to pursue applications for external fellowship funding.


Please visit the following link to fill out the application and upload your resume and letter of interest:

Fellowship Application

Monday, July 24, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, nationalities, and military status, as well as those who have personal experience with the criminal legal system.