The Georgetown Street Law program seeks applications for the Georgetown Street Law Teaching Fellowship starting in August 2021 and ending in July of 2023. Upon completing the full two-year fellowship, the fellow will earn a Master of Laws in Advocacy (L.L.M). The fellowship program combines experiential legal education, implementation of interactive educational methodology, seminar instruction, field supervision of second-and third-year law students, program administration, curriculum development, and scholarly research.

Since 1972, the Georgetown University Law Center Street Law Program has provided law-related educational services in the District of Columbia public high schools, correctional facilities, and other community locations. Georgetown Street Law’s purpose is: (1) supporting the professional development of the Georgetown law students who teach the Street Law classes and (2) providing law-focused education to laypersons using interactive educational methods. These methods develop academic, critical thinking, and civic skills. See the Georgetown Street Law website here.

The fellowship is an ideal position for someone interested in developing instructional, supervisory, and research abilities in a setting that combines public education, teaching, and public interest work. The fellows and the faculty jointly teach the weekly seminar, exploring many aspects of teaching, learning, and law. The fellowship prepares the candidate for a career in teaching, the practice of law, or both. The fellow will network with local school officials, practicing lawyers, and volunteers.

A demonstrated interest and experience in education and youth issues is preferred. The ideal candidate would have significant trial practice, classroom or alternative teaching experience, and knowledge of best practices in teaching, learning, and supervision.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. We will select candidates to be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted virtually.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervise law students who teach courses in practical law in DC high schools and various community placements
  • Develop legal curriculum appropriate for high school students and other laypeople
  • Execute a district-wide mock trial competition
  • Cultivate Street Law mentor attorney program and liaise with volunteers
  • Meet regularly with high school administrators to coordinate Street Law classes
  • Perform other instructional and administrative duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Ability to communicate effectively with legal professionals, youth, and laypeople
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions
  • Exceptional organizational, time management, and research and writing skills
  • Candidates with trial, classroom, or alternative teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Benefits

Teaching fellows receive an annual stipend of $57,000 for the first year of the fellowship and $60,000 for the second year. The fellow also receives health and dental benefits and all tuition and fees in the L.L.M program. As full-time students, fellows qualify for deferment of their student loans and may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following application materials in a single PDF file attached to an email to streetlaw@georgetown.edu. Please address all materials to Professor Charisma Howell.

  • A brief statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the position
  • A resume
  • A law school transcript
  • Three references, including contact information
  • A writing sample

Send application materials in a single PDF file attached to an email to streetlaw@georgetown.edu. Please address all materials to Professor Charisma Howell.