Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.
- We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
- We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
- We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
- And we harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.
We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, and race equity. If you want to learn more about life at Vera click here.
The Clifford Chance Foundation Fellow will be an integral part of the team providing comprehensive in-house legal services to the organization, including each of its initiatives, programs, and administrative departments, as well as to its Board of Directors.
Over the course of the year, the Clifford Chance Foundation Fellow will receive on-the-job training in nonprofit compliance; negotiation of a wide gamut of agreements (grants, government procurement, memoranda of understanding, licenses, independent contractor agreements, teaming agreements); lobbying law and regulation; and employment law. Just as critically, the Fellow will gain experience as part of the team providing strategic advice and counsel to projects, with a particular focus on Vera’s Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Project. The Fellow will assist with researching legal and regulatory questions confronting this national project that operates hand-in-hand with state agencies to increase educational opportunities for people in prison.
One fellowship will be awarded to a recent U.S. law school graduate; students graduating in 2021 are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates will be assessed based on their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to practicing in the field of nonprofit law. The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in the operations of nonprofit organizations and a broad-based curiosity about potentially unfamiliar legal matters, as the Institute is known for its innovative and entrepreneurial approach. An interest in the substantive areas in which Vera works (including criminal justice, juvenile justice, and immigration), and in non-profit tax issues, employment law, and policy, is a plus.
What qualifications you will need
The Clifford Chance Foundation Fellowship is open exclusively to recent graduates of accredited U.S. law schools. Law students who will graduate in 2021 are strongly encouraged to apply.
$65,000, plus excellent benefits.
How to apply
Please submit the following materials by January 22, 2021:
- A cover letter of 700-1000 words describing what you would bring to the Clifford Chance Foundation Fellowship (including relevant skills, work experience, background, and personal traits) and how the Fellowship would further your career goals. This letter should be addressed to the CCF Fellowship Committee.
- A resume.
- An official law school transcript (this should be sent directly by the applicant’s law school).
- Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from any law school adviser; law school professor; or current or former employer.
Transcript and letters of recommendation should be sent by mail to the address below or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finalists will be asked to submit a brief legal writing sample.
Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is strongly preferred. If necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
ATTN: Human Resources / Clifford Chance Foundation Fellowship Committee
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2-A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera, please visit www.vera.org