Law Fellow, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Los Angeles, California
Aug 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Williams Institute seeks a law fellow to engage in cutting-edge and high-quality research and analysis related to litigation, legislation, and policy developments concerning sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States. The Daniel. H. Renberg Law Fellow will further the Williams Institute's mission by producing impactful legal and multi-disciplinary research on discrimination and disparities facing LGBTQ populations, LGBTQ families, criminal justice, and immigration, among other issues. The Law Fellow will disseminate research through scholarly publications, amicus briefs, public speaking, and other means. The position will be based in Los Angeles, California.

The nation's leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, the Williams Institute produces rigorous and independent research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media, and the public. Research from the Williams Institute has impacted a wide variety of law and policy issues: For example, the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous other federal courts, when they struck down state prohibitions on marriage for same-sex couples, relied on Williams Institute research that was presented to the courts through our amicus briefs as well as expert testimony; President Obama relied on Williams Institute research when issuing an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; and Williams Institute research helped form the legislative record supporting passage by Congress of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  




Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at Reference UCLA REQ. # 26451


The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.

  • Ability to perform comprehensive legal and/or social science research and analysis and produce analytical reports on their findings. Strong research skills and experience.
  • Experience with other data management software, such as Excel, mapping programs, or others comparable software. Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in utilizing a computer to design tables, charts, graphs and reports for group and one-on-one presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience with or substantive knowledge of legal issues involving sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBTQ populations in the United States required.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce the highest-caliber legal research and writing required.
  • Excellent skill in speaking effectively and persuasively to individuals and groups required.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in written, verbal or electronic formats to be understood by various audiences (academic and non-scholarly participants).
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines required.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill job responsibilities required.


UCLA School of Law

The UCLA School of Law is a nationally recognized three-year graduate school with a student population of approximately 1200. There are now approximately 125 full and part-time faculty, 200 career and part time staff members located in both the Law School and Law Library. The law school enjoys a superior national reputation and is known for a willingness to innovate and experiment.   Detailed information concerning UCLA School of Law may be found at our official website.


UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 12 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

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