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ACLU of Minnesota seeks applicants to pursue legal fellowships. Specifically, ACLU of Minnesota is open to applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, school-based, and other fellowships for the 2022-23 term. Once ACLU of Minnesota selects its candidates, the organization will work with the candidates to craft a fellowship proposal and submit a joint application to the sponsoring school or organization.

ACLU of Minnesota is interested in pursuing fellowships to in the following issue areas:

  • Racial justice in and alternatives to policing, with a focus on racial and economic justice in traffic and transit enforcement
  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Voting Rights
  • First Amendment Speech, Assembly and Press rights
  • LGBTQ, Gender Equity, and Reproductive Justice


Candidates are strongly encouraged to highlight their experience, skills, and demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm to work at ACLU of Minnesota in any of the identified issue areas. Candidates are also welcome, but not required, to include their own ideas for focusing their fellowship projects in any of the identified issue areas in their application. Compelling projects build on ACLU of Minnesota’s and the applicant’s experience and skills, and generally combine impact litigation and/or policy advocacy with community partnerships through activities such as coalition-building, outreach, public education, and/or technical assistance to community organizations.


Applicants interested in applying for a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or Soros fellowship must apply on or before August 20, 2021.

Applicants interested in school-based or other fellowships should apply on a rolling basis. Note that because there are a limited number of positions and ACLU of Minnesota will be making its selections on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible.


Please include a detailed cover letter describing your interest in working with ACLU of Minnesota, your interest in working on any of the identified issue areas, and your ideas for a fellowship project if applicable. Please also clearly identify:

  • Which fellowship(s) you would like to apply for (e.g., Skadden, Equal Justice Works, particular law school fellowship, etc.). Applicants are encouraged to seek out any available sources of funding.
  • Which issue area(s) you are interested in pursuing.

Please also attach your resume, list of three references, a writing sample, and school transcript.


Salary and benefits will be dependent, in part, on the grant provided by the sponsoring organization.  ACLU of Minnesota may provide additional funding or benefits depending on scope of the grant.  Fellowships are limited term positions. Fellows are expected to complete either a one- or two-year term.


Please submit the documents listed above and apply for a fellowship here.

ACLU-MN is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. ACLU-MN encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

ACLU-MN undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: jburman@aclu-mn.org. (Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.)