UCLA Law Public Interest Fellow, Government Careers

Job description

UCLA School of Law's Office of Public Interest Programs (OPIP), the central office for supporting the School of Law's public interest initiatives, seeks an experienced, personable and enthusiastic public interest lawyer, with significant experience in civil-side government work, for a two-year fellowship position.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Public Interest Career Counseling, the Fellow will support the School's public interest initiatives in a variety of capacities. The Fellow will provide public interest academic and career advising to students and alumni interested in pursuing public interest opportunities with a focus on those pursuing local, state and federal government opportunities, whether for summer/semester-long or career positions. Academic and career counseling will include, but is not limited to, reviewing application materials, conducting mock interviews, and connecting students to other departments within the School and external contacts.

The Fellow will also help develop programs, trainings and written materials to guide students seeking government employment and other public service opportunities. The Fellow will also help expand relationships with government and other public interest employers and networking opportunities for students.

In addition, the Fellow will be involved in the administration of the School's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (Epstein Program) and will support the general administration of OPIP and the Epstein Program's activities, programs, and events.  




Application Instructions

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu  Reference position # 27510  AA/EEO


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


  • 5 or more years of professional experience as an attorney working in civil-side government employment, including at a government agency or law firm that handles exclusively or primarily government work.
  • Advanced knowledge of current public interest practice, including diverse forms of public interest practice and public interest practice settings, career paths in public interest practice, and funding sources, especially for new attorneys.
  • A true passion for advancing the work of the UCLA School of Law Office of Public Interest Programs and the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
  • Experience counseling, supervising, and/or mentoring law students working in a public interest capacity and/or for government posts.
  • Advanced knowledge of computers, research databases, and computer software necessary to perform communications responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and implement the logistical requirements of events and programs, including materials, information, and people in a systematic way to optimize efficiency.
  • Occasional evening/weekend hours and accessibility.



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 - http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct




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Job No: 27510
Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 4/9/2018
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