Date Posted: 6/24/2019
Application due date: August 2, 2019                                     
Category: Full time                                FLSA Status: Exempt


Innovation Law Lab (Law Lab) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating humanity over fear. We combine technology and litigation to permanently end the mass incarceration and deportation of immigrants and refugees.


The Innovation Law Lab seeks applicants interested in pursuing legal fellowships that would begin in fall 2020.  Innovation Law Lab hopes to collaborate with the right candidate in applications for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, school-based, and other fellowships.  The fellow would join Innovation Law Lab’s growing legal team and collaborate on creative legal and advocacy strategies to directly challenge prolonged detention, constitutional violations, and other injustices in the immigration legal system. Once Innovation Law Lab selects its candidate(s), the organization will work with the candidate(s) to craft a fellowship proposal and submit a joint application to the sponsoring school or organization.

Innovation Law Lab is interested in sponsoring a fellow who would pursue work that addresses some, or all, of the following areas:

  • Strategic expansion of universal representation programs 
  • Support and improvement of pro bono immigration court representation models 
  • Combatting ICE entanglement with local law enforcement 
  • Supporting the rights of asylum seekers 
  • Litigation and advocacy to counter unlawful practices in our nation’s immigration courts 
  • Building collaboration among regional partners in fights to dismantle ICE detention, and proactively defending individuals negatively affected by transfers

Innovation Law Lab is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has a preference for candidates interested in basing projects out of our Portland office.  However, Innovation Law Lab will also consider applicants who are interested in working at our program sites in Atlanta, El Paso, San Francisco, and San Diego, or, under exceptional circumstances with the right candidate, who would work remotely.  


The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the essential fellowship duties and responsibilities.

  • JD degree by spring 2020 and plans for bar admission thereafter.
  • Experience in immigration law. Preference will be given to those with direct service experience, either before law school or during summer externships or clinics.  
  • Excellent written, analytical, oral, organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and social justice.
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, including low-income populations, people who are marginally housed, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, people of color and/or persons with disabilities.
  • Advanced Spanish language skills strongly preferred, but not required depending on the project.

Application Instructions:

Candidates are strongly encouraged to highlight their experience, skills, and demonstrated commitment related to immigrant rights and to work with Innovation Law Lab in particular. Candidates may, but are not required to, include their own ideas for focusing their fellowship projects in any of the identified issue areas in their application. 


Applicants must apply on or before August 2, 2019.  Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis depending on the deadline for the target fellowship.  As selections will be made on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible. 


To apply, please submit the following at with the title Legal Fellow – Fall 2020: 

  • A detailed cover letter describing your interest in working with Innovation Law Lab, your interest in working on any of the identified issue areas, and, if applicable, your ideas for a fellowship project.  Please also identify which fellowship(s) you hope to apply for, and any geographic preference or restrictions. 
  • Your resume
  • A writing sample
  • A law school transcript
  • A list of three references 
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