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ABLE and LAWO 2019-2021 Fellowships

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) seek to sponsor 3L or recent law graduate candidates for Fellowships for 2019-2021.

Candidates for Fellowships are encouraged to develop and bring forward proposals for work in an area of poverty law consistent with ABLE and LAWO's Strategic Advocacy Initiatives in one of the following areas: 

  • Healthcare and Public Benefits
  • Housing and Community Economic Development
  • Access to Meaningful and Appropriate Education
  • Stability and Independence for Survivors
  • Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights
  • Meaningful Access to Justice
  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project
  • Senior Project

Project proposals should focus on legal advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals, groups or issues not adequately represented in our legal system.  Applications should describe how the project proposes to meet unmet legal needs or underserved populations in a progressive and innovative manner.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law, understanding of the socio-cultural issues experienced by people in poverty, strong academic records, excellent organization and communication skills, and the demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload. Successful candidates for 2019-2021 must be eligible to take the Ohio Bar Exam in the Summer of 2019. Applicants who are admitted to practice law in Ohio, or who are licensed in another state and eligible for temporary admission before taking the Ohio Bar Exam, will also be considered. 

Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis. In order for applications to be appropriately reviewed, applicants are highly encouraged to submit proposals before August 31, 2018. The salary will be as provided by the Fellowship program. ABLE and LAWO offer a comprehensive benefit package. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in a Fellowship, a one page project proposal, your resume, a writing sample, and the contact information for three professional references. Materials should be sent electronically to:

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ABLE and LAWO are Equal Opportunity Employers and place a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.