Legal Fellow - Independent Funding

Illinois Prison Project is seeking to host recent and upcoming graduates with independent funding for one or two year fellowships beginning in September 20212. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in prison reform, criminal defense, and human rights to make a difference in the lives of people serving unjust, unnecessary, or excessive prison sentences in Illinois.


  • JD anticipated by May 2022, recent law graduate, or experienced attorney seeking to make a career change to public interest work
  • Experience working with incarcerated people or in criminal defense.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

How to Apply

Candidates should submit the following to Illinois Prison Project by November30, 2020: (1) résumé; (2) cover letter; (3) brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages); (4) brief outline of the possible funding sources they hope to pursue. Please email materials to, using the subject line: Legal Fellow - Independent Funding.

Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.