DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) seeks public interest law fellows to represent domestic violence victims and at-risk children. The fellowships are for recent law school graduates and are one-year positions, funded by law schools or other private source(s). The fellowships start each fall in September.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP: After a training period, fellows will provide direct representation to DCVLP clients in DC Superior Court, under the supervision of our experienced supervising attorneys; and will also advise clients at our weekly Domestic Violence Resource Clinic.
LITIGATION EXPERIENCE: A fellowship with DCVLP provides intensive litigation training. Under a DC court rule, DCVLP fellows may represent clients as soon as they take a bar exam, and may start litigating CPO cases soon after completing our fall training program. Fellows typically litigate between 25-35 protection order cases during their tenure. Fellows will also represent domestic violence survivors in family law cases, which may involve discovery, motions and trial preparation. In addition, Fellows will advocate for the best interests of children as court-appointed Guardians ad litem. A fellowship with DCVLP is an excellent opportunity to learn trial skills while helping low-income families achieve safety and stability.