EFF typically has the capacity to host no more than two externally funded, post-law school fellows (roughly September-September) on our litigation team. By "externally funded," we refer to those fellowships funded by some entity other than EFF and to which the candidates must apply directly and must frequently do so having identified a host organization. (Should EFF have its own funding for a fellowship, that position will be posted as an EFF job opening.)
We invite inquiries from law students interested in pursuing such opportunities. Before reaching out, please review the following guidelines:
- All fellowships will be litigation-focused, rather than policy or research-focused.
- While we will consider project-focused fellowships, our strong preference is for fellowships that do not limit the cases or matters the fellow may work on at EFF.
- If the fellowship requires a project or a special focus, we rely on the fellowship applicant to present a fairly well-developed proposal to us. We do not maintain our own list of potential fellowship proposals and are not able to brainstorm from scratch with a potential applicant about proposals. We recommend reviewing EFF's litigation docket and blogposts for ideas. Once an applicant has a fairly well thought-out idea, we are happy to go through that with them and let them know if EFF might be interested.
- EFF reviews applications between January 15 and 31 in the calendar year of the fellow's graduation, with the expectation that the fellowship will commence in the Fall of that same year. If we do not fill our available fellowship slots then, we may open a second review period, and if so we will post that information here.
To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your specific interest in being a fellow at EFF, a brief litigation writing sample, and a resume to EFF's Civil Liberties Director, David Greene. An academic, clinical, or internship-related letter of recommendation may also be submitted, but is not required. Please direct any questions to David Greene as well.