Legal Fellowships

Demos is accepting applications from graduating law students and clerks seeking sponsorship for legal fellowships to begin in the Fall of 2020 in our New York office.

Post-graduate fellows work on our legal team under the close supervision of senior attorneys for one or two years. Fellows engage in litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy in the areas of voting rights, economic justice, and/or criminal justice.

Applicants must secure funding for this position. In additional to pursuing national funding opportunities, such as the Skadden or Equal Justice Works fellowships, we encourage students and graduates to contact their law schools regarding potential funding.

Applicants must bring a deep commitment to racial equity. All Demos staff must consistently integrate their deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. They must address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of their job responsibilities.

Students interested in a legal fellowship at Demos should submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of approximately 10 pages by email to Counsel Kathryn Sadasivan ( Please state in your letter your proposed area of work and the potential sources of funding available to you.

We assess applications on a rolling basis, with the goal of identifying a student for fellowship sponsorship by the end of spring/early summer 2019. We regret that we cannot respond to all inquiries. 

About Demos.  Demos is a policy and advocacy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s litigation, research, communications, or support of organizers. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to over 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Demos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.