The Communications and Technology Law Clinic will begin taking applications for its 2020-2022 graduate fellowship in the fall of 2019. 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 2019-2021 fellowship.
The person hired for this position will work closely with the faculty 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, and federal appellate courts. Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis through December 10, 2018.
The Communications and 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.
The Fellows receive training in clinical teaching at a two-day orientation and in a Clinical Pedagogy course that meets throughout the first year of the Fellowship. In coordination with the faculty, each Fellow typically supervise three to five law students each semester. Fellows assist students in developing their lawyering skills. For example, Fellows help students develop a research plan, review and comment on student drafts, and prepare students for meetings and oral presentations. Fellows also help to plan and teach the classroom components of the clinic.
Applicants should have a law degree and have been admitted to the District of Columbia or another state bar. We will also give consideration to very strong candidates who will graduate from law school in 2019 and take the bar during that summer. The qualifications that we look for include:
- a demonstrated interest in media, telecommunications, privacy, freedom of speech, or related legal fields;
- practice experience in a law school clinic, a public interest organization, government, a law firm, or as a judicial clerk;
- strong analytical and communication skills, both oral and written;
- experience in supervision;
- an interest in teaching law students in a clinical setting; and
- a commitment to serving the public interest.
How to apply
Persons interested in applying should submit the following information:
- a personal statement (not longer than two double-spaced pages) setting forth the reasons for seeking the Fellowship;
- a résumé;
- a current law school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable);
- a list of references, including contact information; and
- one or two recent writing samples that best represent the applicant’s analytical and writing abilities.
Please save all application items in PDF format (preferably in a single PDF) and email them to IPR’s Administrator, Niko Perazich, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than December 10, 2018. The clinic will invite selected candidates to interview either in person at Georgetown Law or via Skype. Regretfully, the clinic cannot pay candidates’ travel expenses, but clinic staff will work to arrange interviews on dates that are convenient for out-of-town candidates.
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, a retirement plan, and unlimited access to its 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, and Public Knowledge, as well to teaching positions in several law schools.