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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 is a full-time, one-year, fellowship in Oakland, California, or Washington, D.C., with an annual salary of $56,600 (plus benefits). 

NCYL ( is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to ensuring the public systems intended to support and serve marginalized children do so effectively.  Recent examples of NCYL's work include:

  • Protecting the rights of immigrant children in U.S. custody through two high-profile class-action lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Ending the overmedication of children and youth in foster care through a combination of research, policy development, legislative advocacy, and impact litigation;
  • Protecting the civil rights of marginalized students by bringing two lawsuits against Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education; and
  • Ensuring marginalized adolescents receive equitable access to reproductive health services through a combination of legislative advocacy, impact litigation, and public-agency partnership.

The fellowship seeks enterprising, motivated, applicants committed to improving the lives of marginalized 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 (#18168) by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00PM.  Your application must include a cover letter that indicates any preference between being located in Oakland, California or Washington, D.C. and any preference for the subject matter of the advocacy you hope to pursue; a copy of your resume; three references; a writing sample; and an essay answering the following question (in 750 words or less):  Please explain why you want to be a child advocate, how your background/experiences position you to contribute to the field, and why you want to be at NCYL.


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.