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The University of Michigan Law School, Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship

The University of Michigan Law School and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) are pleased to announce the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship.  This position is open to all interested 3Ls and will be a full-time, one-year, fellowship in Oakland, California, with an annual salary of $52,900 (plus benefits).  NCYL ( is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to ensuring that at-risk children receive the opportunities they need to grown and thrive.  NCYL engages in high impact litigation, research, public awareness, policy development, and technical assistance to help low-income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them.

The selected Fellow will advocate on behalf of vulnerable children and families and work to improve the systems designed to support them, including child welfare, education, health, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.

The fellowship seeks enterprising, motivated, applicants committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and youth and applicants that are able to uphold the incredibly high standards set by former NCYL attorney and University of Michigan Law School graduate Fiza Quraishi.


In order to be considered for the Fellowship, you will need to submit your application on Symplicity (#15286) by Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:00PM.  Your application must include a cover letter, a copy of your resume, three references, a writing sample, and an essay answering the following question (in 750 words or less):  Please explain the work you hope to be doing at NCYL as a Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellow and how this work and/or your background/experiences will contribute to the field of child advocacy.


A committee of appointed faculty will select three finalists to be interviewed by NCYL for the final selection as the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellow.  Applicants will be considered based on demonstrated commitment to public service and adherence to the criteria in the above description.  Qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth
  • Commitment to working in, and contributing to, a diverse workplace
  • Excellent legal analysis and writing skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple, complex projects and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Specific interests in education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and health care reform are encouraged.


If you have any questions about the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship, you can reach Alan Kahn, Public Interest Director, at or 734.764.0546.

NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.