The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan welcomes proposals from recent law graduates, judicial law clerks and other qualified applicants for funded fellowships on cutting edge civil liberties and civil rights issues. Selected applicants will work together with the ACLU of Michigan to develop and submit proposals for national public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden, Soros, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Selected applicants who are eligible for law-school specific fellowships, such as the Liman, Harvard Law Review Public Interest Fellowship, or University of Chicago Public Interest Law Fellowships, are encouraged to apply for those as well. Click here for more information about possible fellowship sources.

With over 40 full-time staff members, the ACLU of Michigan is one of the largest affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union and a leading civil rights organization within the state. We litigate groundbreaking, high impact, high profile cases addressing a wide range of constitutional issues, including freedom of speech and religion, police misconduct, voting, due process, privacy, poverty, criminal justice, reproductive freedom, education, and the rights of people of color, women, LGBT persons, persons with disabilities, immigrants and prisoners.

We welcome project applications relating to any civil rights or civil liberties area. Interested applicants should review our website and docket for a better understanding of our work. Proposals related to three current priority areas—Smart Justice, Voting Rights, and Immigrants’ Rights—may be most likely to align with our current organizational priorities. For example, this year we particularly welcome proposals related to cash bail reform, such as strategically chosen individual bail appeals, civil litigation building on the momentum of our recently filed federal class action, or training and partnering with criminal defense bar allies. Whatever the topic, we will work with the selected fellowship candidate to develop a proposal that builds on the candidate’s interests and skills, ensures appropriate supervision, fits with the ACLU’s priorities, and employs strategies most likely to be effective in advancing the project’s goals.

As part of the ACLU of Michigan’s mission to increase access and opportunity for those individuals and groups who have historically been under-represented and underserved, the ACLU of Michigan is committed to having a diverse workplace. People of color, women, LGBT
persons and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellows will work either in Detroit or Grand Rapids with supervision dependent on the location and fellowship project.


Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, exceptional research and writing skills, and a J.D. degree (or expect one within the next year).


This opportunity is not funded by the ACLU of Michigan, although the ACLU may provide certain benefits or other support depending on the exact terms of the fellowship awarded. The ACLU of Michigan will cooperate with successful applicants to seek fellowship support, and the salary will be based on the fellowship awarded.

How to Apply:

To be considered for sponsorship, please submit a cover letter that:

  • identifies a specific area of interest and goals for what you want to accomplish during the fellowship;
  • explains why you want the ACLU of Michigan to host your project; and
  • specifies the fellowships for which you would like to apply.

Please append a resume and a writing sample to your cover letter. Applications should be
emailed as a single PDF to:

Dan Korobkin, Deputy Legal Director
ACLU of Michigan
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Applicants should also ask two recommenders, who will write letters in support of their fellowship applications, to send those recommendation letters directly to the ACLU of Michigan. In advance of submitting their applications, applicants may seek guidance about whether their area of interest and proposed work fits within the ACLU’s priorities and strategies by emailing Applications for sponsorship are due June 17, 2019.

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