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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Employment Opportunities

  • Senior Counsel

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

  • Assistant Counsel

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

  • Director of Strategic Partnerships and Special Events

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Director of Strategic Partnerships and Special Events to help drive the Development Department and support the Chief Development Officer.

  • Archives Assistant

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

  • Policy Counsel

    Washington D.C.

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Policy Counsel to join its policy team.

    LDF and the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF: 

    LDF is the nation's first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation's promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

  • Policy Associate

    Washington D.C.

    LDF and the Thurgood Marshall Institute:

    LDF has been recognized as the finest civil rights law firm in American history.  LDF is a non-profit corporation that assists African Americans and other people of color in securing their civil and human rights through advocacy and litigation that challenges racial discrimination.  Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of equality into reality for all Americans.

  • Director of the LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (“LDF”), America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice, seeks an accomplished civil rights strategist, advocate, and scholar to serve as the inaugural Director of the LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute (the “TMI”). Reporting to the President and Director-Counsel and to the Associate Director-Counsel, and collaborating with LDF colleagues and key external allies, the TMI Director will build the TMI and enhance its work, visibility, reputation and impact in order to advance a modern vision of racial justice.

  • Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) is currently seeking a Chief Operations Officer (COO) and General Counsel (GC) who is mission-focused, seasoned, strategic and process-minded. The COO/GC will work with the President and Director-Counsel and the Associate Director-Counsel on the overall strategic planning process and implement initiatives, while also having operational responsibility for all of LDF’s programs and managing program and departmental directors.

  • Volunteer Research Assistant

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting applications from law graduates for the position of research assistant to the Associate Director Counsel in LDF’s New York Office.  This is an unpaid, part-time position.  The research assistant will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, administrative support, and a host of other needs that arise in LDF’s litigation and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice. The research assistant will work closely with the Associate Director-Counsel on special legal and administrative projects, including assisting in the preparation of public education presentations, speaking engagements, and communications.  In addition, the research assistant will have the opportunity to participate in regular group discussions of LDF’s work, attend professional events, and interact with other LDF attorneys.

  • Paralegal

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

    LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

    LDF is seeking an experienced Paralegal to assist LDF attorneys with litigation, education, advocacy, policy projects and activities.