Fellowships

Fellowships with Inner City Law Center

At Inner City Law Center, we believe post-graduate legal fellowships offer wonderful opportunities for law students to enter the public interest arena as well as strong and meaningful ways for our organization to partner with recent law school graduates who want to fight for social justice. We view fellowships as pipelines to other positions at Inner City Law Center and encourage public-interest focused students to apply for one or more of the fellowship opportunities below. 

Fellowship candidates should:

  • Have strong writing, research, and analytical skills,
  • Be self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks,
  • Have an established knowledge of, or interest in, the proposed practice area, 
  • Be bright, passionate, and a hardworking team player, 
  • Plan to or have taken the California Bar exam, and
  • Be committed to Inner City Law Center’s clients, mission, and values. 

Inner City Law Center’s Housing Justice Fellowships

In 2020, Inner City Law Center established its Housing Justice Fellowships in response to Los Angeles County’s homelessness crisis and the need for a strong and motivated cadre of attorneys dedicated to ensuring affordable housing for all Angelenos. Each winter, Inner City Law Center hires current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to join our fight to end homelessness by applying for a Housing Justice Fellowship. Housing Justice Fellowships are separate and distinct from projects submitted for Skadden, EJW, Soros, and other fellowships. 

Housing Justice Fellows engage in fast-paced litigation and/or administrative law work, handle a variety of legal matters including eviction, habitability, citation clearing, immigration, public benefits, and/or financial rights cases, work directly with clients and opposing counsel, handle all stages of cases from pleadings to discovery, motions, hearings, settlement, administrative hearings, and trial, participate in conversations surrounding housing policy in the County, and work with private law firms providing pro bono representation to Inner City Law Center’s clients. Through their work, Fellows keep low-income and vulnerable tenants housed, remove legal and financial barriers to housing, and fight to ensure our tenants’ rights to a safe and stable place to call home.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, three references, and writing sample to Vidhya
Ragunathan, Director of Pro Bono at Inner City Law Center (vragunathan@innercitylaw.org) using the subject line:
Housing Justice Fellowship. Applications will be accepted between December and April and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Skadden, EJW, and Other Externally-Funded Fellowships

Inner City Law Center encourages current law school 3Ls or recent graduates to submit project proposals combining litigation or advocacy with community outreach, public education, and other needed services related to housing and homelessness. ICLC and fellowship candidates will work together to develop and finalize project proposals that will have a meaningful impact on the most vulnerable communities in Los Angeles County. We have successfully sponsored Skadden, AmeriCorps, and Equal Justice Works fellowship candidates with projects related to our core practice areas. 

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, three references, and writing sample to Vidhya Ragunathan, Director of Pro Bono at Inner City Law Center (vragunathan@innercitylaw.org) using the subject line: ICLC-Sponsored Fellowship. Applications will be accepted between April and July and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Our Fellows

Sarah Cayer Housing Justice Fellow
Harvard Law School, Class of 2020
Scott Davis Housing Justice Fellow
New York University School of Law, Class of 2020
Sam Hech Housing Justice Fellow
Harvard Law School, Class of 2021
Barbara Horne-Petersdorf Housing Justice Fellow
The George Washington University Law School, Class of 2019
Ted Lee NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellow
UC Berkeley School of Law, Class of 2021
Forest Lieberman Housing Justice Fellow
USC Gould School of Law, Class of 2021
Cherry Mullaguru Housing Justice Fellow
Harvard Law School, Class of 2020
Matthew Nussbaum Housing Justice Fellow
New York University Law School, Class of 2021
Haley Pollock Housing Justice Fellow
Southwestern Law School, Class of 2021
Chelsea Reeves Housing Justice Fellow
Belmont University – College of Law, Class of 2020
Max Spivak Housing Justice Fellow
The University of New Mexico School of Law, Class of 2021
Ariel Wilbur Housing Justice Fellow
Southwestern Law School, Class of 2021
Alex Young Housing Justice Fellow
University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2020