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Apply Now: 2015 Asia Law and Justice Fellowship

Call for Applications: 2015 Asia Law and Justice Fellowship


The Asia Law and Justice Fellowship at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is a one-year fellowship designed to provide law school graduates with research, advocacy, and program experience in human rights and the rule of law in Asia.

The Asia Law and Justice Program at the Leitner Center, studies and promotes the rule of law and adherence to basic human rights throughout Asia, with an emphasis on China. The Program does this through research and advocacy projects; conferences, symposia, and panels; capacity-building initiatives, such as exchanges of lawyers, judges, and scholars; and partnerships with NGOs based in the U.S. and Asia. Further information about the Leitner Center and the ALJ Program can be found at https://www.leitnercenter.org.

Job Description:

The ALJ Program is administered by the ALJ Fellow who is a law school graduate. The Fellow will conduct research and advocacy for the Program; work closely with the Program’s diverse civil society partners; and manage day-to-day administration, including planning public events. An important primary focus of the Fellow’s day-to-day work will involve program planning and administration in relation to rule of law and justice initiatives in China.

The ALJ Fellow will work full-time in the Leitner Center’s offices in New York City. The ALJ Fellow will report to the Leitner Center’s Executive Director, work with Leitner Center students, fellows, and affiliated faculty, and participate in the intellectual life of the Leitner Center and Fordham Law School. The Fellowship will begin in late August 2015.


Applicants should hold a J.D. or equivalent, and have a demonstrated interest in international human rights and Asia as exhibited by past internships, clinical experience in law school, and/or post-graduate human rights experience. Research, writing, and advocacy experience in the field of human rights is strongly desirable. Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with Chinese law or legal developments, an understanding of civil society in China, and proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese. Applicants should be highly motivated and well-organized, and able to work under pressure and juggle multiple tasks, both independently and as a member of a team.

Salary and benefits:

The salary for the 2015-2016 Fellow is US$55,000 and includes benefits.

Application deadline and information:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 13, 2015. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered.

Applications should be sent in a single email with attached PDF files to leitnercenter@law.fordham.edu with “ALJ Fellowship Application” in the subject line.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter (including a detailed description of your international human rights experience, background and interest in Asia, teaching/mentoring/advising experience, language skills, and how the fellowship will advance your professional goals)
  • Résumé/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An unedited, unpublished writing sample
  • PDF of an official law school transcript

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