Created to bridge the worlds of private law firm litigation and public service law, the Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellowship connects the firm with two of the country’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The Fellowship enables an entry-level lawyer to spend two years as a litigator at Fried Frank, followed by two years as a staff attorney with LDF or MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our Fellows are encouraged to interview at Fried Frank or apply to continue at the respective organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows hold high-level positions at LDF and MALDEF. 

Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellows are selected annually, alternating each year between organizations. The 2024 Civil Rights Fellow will be chosen for NAACP LDF and will begin employment at Fried Frank with the first-year associate class in the fall of 2024.

View the brochure for more information here.

Who should apply

Third-year law school students graduating in 2024 and outgoing judicial law clerks who have a genuine interest in both corporate and civil rights litigation are eligible to apply.


The first two years of the Fellowship take place at our New York City office, followed by two years at LDF 

Deadline and application information

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16, 2023, by 11:59 pm EDT. For further application instructions, please visit the Application page

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