The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project seeks public interest law fellows to learn to be a voice in court for domestic violence victims and at-risk children. A fellowship with DCVLP is an excellent opportunity to learn trial skills while helping low-income victims and children achieve safety and stability in their lives.
After a training period featuring a live mock trial, fellows will provide direct representation to DCVLP clients in DC Superior Court, under the supervision of our experienced supervising attorneys. Fellows will also advise clients at our weekly Domestic Violence Resource Clinic.
Our fellowship is:
• For recent law school graduates;
• A 6-month to 1-year position (1-year strongly preferred)
• Funded by law schools or other private sources (DCVLP does not provide a salary or health benefits); and
• Available starting each fall in September – exceptions may be made for 6-month positions.
Under a DC court rule, fellows may represent clients as soon as they take a bar exam, and may start litigating civil protection order cases soon after completing our training program. Our fellows receive extensive litigation training before representing a client. 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 living with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and worse as court-appointed Guardians ad litem.