The Communications & Technology Law Clinic will begin accepting applications for its 2022-2024 graduate fellowship in the fall of 2021. To get a sense of what the Clinic is looking for in a fellow and what the fellowship entails, read our job announcement below for the now-filled 2021-2023 fellowship.
Communications & Technology Law Clinic
TEACHING FELLOW (2021 – 2023)
The Communications & Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown Law is accepting applications for a two-year paid position as a Clinical Teaching Fellow starting in August 2021. The person hired for this position will work closely with Professor Laura Moy to supervise the work of second- and third-year law students on high profile, cutting edge cases before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, other federal agencies, and courts. Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis through December 10, 2020.
The Communications & Technology Law Clinic has two Fellows serving staggered two-year terms. The Fellows exercise a great deal of responsibility for the clinic’s cases. They work with clients and coalitions to develop strategy; meet with Commissioners, agency staff, and Congressional staff; and draft briefs, comments, and other legal documents. Because we are located in Washington, D.C., the Fellows get to experience firsthand the interplay between Congress, federal agencies, and federal courts in developing communications and technology policy. They also have many opportunities to network with others working in this area.
Each Fellow typically supervises four students each semester. Fellows assist students in developing their lawyering skills. For example, Fellows help students develop a research plan, review student drafts, and prepare students for meetings and oral presentations. Fellows also help plan and teach the clinic seminar.
The new Fellow will receive training in clinical teaching alongside Fellows in Georgetown Law’s 17 other clinics at an orientation that takes place in August and in a Clinical Pedagogy course that meets throughout the first year of the Fellowship.
Applicants should have a law degree and already be admitted to the District of Columbia or another state bar. We will also consider very strong candidates who will graduate from law school in 2021 and be eligible to join the bar shortly thereafter. The qualifications that we look for include:
- Demonstrated interest in technology, media, communications, privacy, surveillance, and related fields;
- Practical experience in a law school clinic, a public interest organization, government, a law firm, or a judicial clerkship;
- Strong analytical and communication skills, both oral and written;
- Experience in management and supervision;
- An interest in teaching law students in a clinical setting; and
- A commitment to serving the public interest.
Please follow the application instructions carefully. Applicants who fail to follow these instructions will not be considered for the Fellowship.
Create a single PDF (filename: lastname_firstname.pdf) that includes—in order:
- Brief cover letter (addressed to Professor Laura Moy);
- Personal statement (approximately 500–800 words) setting forth the reasons for seeking the Fellowship;
- Résumé or C.V.;
- Current law school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable);
- List of at least three references, including contact information; and
- One or two writing samples (we invite both short and long pieces), each accompanied by a statement detailing whether and to what extent it has been edited by others.
Submit your application PDF as an attachment by email to CTLC_Fe.email@example.com. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than December 10, 2020.
The clinic will invite selected candidates to interview via Zoom or Skype. We may also ask candidates who advance to the next round after initial interviews to participate in a test designed to assess writing and reviewing skills.
Stipend & Benefits
The Fellowship pays a stipend of $57,000 for the first year and $60,000 for the second year.[*] Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be awarded (tuition-free) an LL.M. degree in Advocacy. In addition, Georgetown Law provides group health insurance, including dental and vision. More information about benefits for Fellows can be found at https://benefits.georgetown.edu/fellows/.
Fellows also benefit from their affiliation with the broader clinical program at Georgetown Law, Georgetown’s growing Tech & Society initiative, and the Georgetown Law and Georgetown University communities. Georgetown is a vibrant institution with a deep commitment to public service and social justice. Georgetown boasts the largest tech law faculty in the country and is widely recognized as having an exceptional clinical program, with 18 law school clinics—all of which have clinical teaching Fellows who convene regularly for educational, professional, and social events. When Georgetown Law returns to in-person instruction, the Fellow will enjoy a newly renovated office space custom designed for the school’s two tech clinics in a building shared with several other technology faculty and programs from across the university. The Fellow will have unlimited access to a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Fellowship provides an excellent entry into technology law, public interest practice, and academia. Because the program is widely respected by both the communications bar and the academy, Fellows typically have considerable success obtaining full-time teaching or advocacy positions after the completion of the Fellowship. Alumni have gone to the FCC, FTC, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Common Sense Media, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Public Knowledge, and law firms, as well to teaching positions at several law schools.
Please direct any questions about this hiring announcement to clinic administrator Niko Perazich, Niko.Perazich@law.georgetown.edu. No phone calls please.
[*] Please note that because the Fellowship stipend is standardized across all Georgetown Law clinics, it is nonnegotiable.