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Public Interest Fellowship

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.

SCHR seeks candidates to partner with our office for a post-graduate fellowship. The ideal candidate will graduate from law school in 2023 and have 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. 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 create a combined PDF including your resume and a letter of interest that specifically addresses the below questions. Your letter of interest may not exceed 3 pages.

  1. Why do you want to want to work at SCHR?
  2. Why do you want to be a public interest lawyer?
  3. What issues and areas would you be interested in addressing during your fellowship? If you already have an idea for a project, please use this space to briefly describe your proposed project. (Limit your answer to ½ a page).
  4. We at SCHR work hard to build an intentional culture of antiracism by proactively interrupting racial injustice and anti-Blackness. We reflect often on what that means for us in our individual and organizational roles. To what extent has pursuing racial or other types of equity and inclusion been a priority to you? Why was this important to you?
  5. What do you plan to do at the completion of your fellowship?

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

Friday, July 22, 2022, 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, gender identities, and sexual orientations, as well as those who have been system-involved.