Thursday, October 3, 2013

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Summer Fellows

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies is currently accepting applications for summer legal fellows. The deadline is November 1.

Immediate Opening: 2014 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow Position (Stipend Offered)

About the Organization

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2014 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions. CGRS provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution. 

Stipends are offered for successful applicants, and CGRS encourages fellows to seek outside funding to supplement their work, if necessary.

Job Description

Summer fellowship positions are full-time for 10- to 12-week terms. Law fellows are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, and work closely with CGRS lawyers and staff in other projects as needed. For example, projects might include: 

Researching and writing on key legal issues 

Assisting in the various stages of appellate advocacy 

Analyzing emerging asylum law trends 

Developing training and technical assistance materials 

Conducting national policy work 

Engaging in international human rights projects

Given our small office and high volume of work, law fellows must be able to work with minimal supervision.


Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice 

Strong research and writing skills 

Experience or background in asylum or international human rights law 

Completion of two years of law school is strongly preferred 

Ability to work independently and within a team 

Ability to protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications 

Fluency in Spanish or French is desirable, but not required

Application Procedure

Submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and list of three references to with the subject line “2014 Judith Stronach Fellow Position.” The cover letter should explain how your experiences relate to the mission and work of CGRS. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2013 and interviews will take place thereafter. No phone calls, please.


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