The Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project seeks to hire a 2024-2025 Law & Organizing Fellow to support the mission of the LPE Project’s Law and Organizing Initiative to create space for organizing as a practice and theory of change in the legal academy.
The LPE Project brings together a network of scholars, practitioners, and students working to develop innovative intellectual, pedagogical, and political interventions to advance the study of political economy and law. The Project’s Law and Organizing Initiative was founded in July 2023 to create programming and pedagogy about organizing, support ways for law students to engage with organizing as a tool for power-building; develop scholarly community and conversations around law and organizing; and facilitate connections between advocates and organizers and LPE scholars.
The 2024-2025 Law and Organizing Fellow will assist the Initiative in the following areas:
- Developing pedagogical resources for teaching law and organizing in law schools, in coalition with networks of law professors, educators, and organizers around the country;
- Creating in-person and virtual law and organizing programming, building on the Initiative’s efforts in its first year;
- Assisting in the development and execution of our fourth summer Law and Organizing Academy, which will require maintaining relationships with the organizations on the ground, assisting with faculty recruitment, project managing, and co-developing the curriculum with organizational partners;
- Developing public-facing resources on law and organizing, including contributions to the LPE Blog;
- Growing and maintaining relationships with organizers, movement organizations, students, and law professors to identify new opportunities for collaboration.
The Fellowship would offer an exciting opportunity for the Fellow to establish long-term connections with labor and social movement organizations; form relationships with like-minded students, attorneys, organizers, movement leaders, and faculty at Yale and across the country; contribute to the developing vision for the Law and Organizing Initiative at the LPE Project; and participate in the intellectual community at Yale Law School. We intend for the Fellowship to enrich the career experience of the Fellow—whether they are planning for a future in organizing, legal practice, scholarship, or all of the above.
The position is for a one-year term with possibility of renewal. The Law & Organizing Fellow is expected to spend regular time in New Haven, CT, and participate in LPE programming at Yale Law School. The annual compensation for this position is $65,000, plus excellent benefits (including health insurance).
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with co-workers on practical tasks and complete work independently;
- Significant community or labor organizing experience;
- Project management or strategic planning experience;
- Strong writing ability and organization skills;
- A J.D. or other graduate degree.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning on January 2, 2024. Employment will begin in July or August 2024, to be negotiated with the successful applicant. Please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter describing your interest in the LPE Project’s Law and Organizing Initiative, your background in community or labor organizing and movement work, and how the Law and Organizing Fellowship would advance your career goals.
- A one-page CV.
- A law school or graduate school transcript.
- A writing sample, without significant editing by anyone other than yourself (no more than five pages double spaced).
- Contact information for three references, at least one of which should be non-academic.
We especially encourage applicants with backgrounds underrepresented in the legal academy to apply for the position.
Questions can be addressed to email@example.com.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.