Skadden Fellow Sponsorship


The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center is pleased to invite applications for sponsorship of a Skadden Fellow for the two-year period beginning in September 2015. The two-year fellowship offers recent law school graduates the opportunity to obtain training in litigation, the provision of direct legal services, as well as many other aspects of public interest practice. The Skadden Fellowship Foundation awards approximately 25 fellowships per year to graduating law students and outgoing judicial clerks.

The LAS-ELC seeks to protect and expand the rights of low-wage workers, utilizing an array of strategies including impact litigation, direct services, legislative advocacy, and policy work. Our docket covers a wide range of law reform and impact cases in the areas of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, military and/or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault, disability, national origin, language, and/or citizenship along with family and medical leave, disability leaves and accommodations, wage and hour and Title IX enforcement. Our direct services work includes advice, counsel and limited representation to thousands of individuals each year on a broad range of legal issues related to employment, with a special focus on unemployment insurance benefits and wage claims. Interested individuals can find more information about LAS-ELC’s programs and projects on this website.

Applicants are encouraged to propose and discuss project ideas in the program area(s) that they have a strong and demonstrated interest in and which address the needs faced by LAS-ELC clients.


Criteria for sponsorship include the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to our mission and experience working with low-income clients.
  • Established knowledge of and interest in employment, and/or civil rights law.
  • Excellent communications skills, with a strong preference for fully bilingual English/Spanish capability.
  • Strong academic performance; and excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and cooperatively with others.
  • Membership in the California Bar preferred.
Application Process: 

The LAS-ELC will accept applications through Monday, May 26, 2014. Please include a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the organization and the Fellowship as well as the commitment you have to the issues our clients face. Send it along with your résumé, law school transcript, a list of three references, and one writing sample to:

Skadden Fellowship Committee
The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Fax: 415 593-0096

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by law. LAS-ELC also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that an individual has any of the characteristics of the protected classes, and further prohibits discrimination against an individual who is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics. The LAS-ELC will also make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities, unless such accommodation would result in undue hardship.