Postgraduate Juvenile Defender Clinic Fellow

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Law
School of Law
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North Decatur Bldg
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Required Documents
Cover letter, List of References, Transcripts, Writing Sample

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The Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law ("Barton Center") is seeking applications for a 2-year Post-Graduate Juvenile Defender Clinic Fellowship. 


Fellowship Description:  The fellowship offers an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience representing young people in various legal settings and clinical teaching in the fields of youth justice, education law and trial skills.   


Fellowship Responsibilities: The fellow will work closely with Barton Center faculty and staff and will report directly to the Director of the Juvenile Defender Clinic.  The fellow will assist with client representation, research and policy development in the areas of youth justice and education law, capacity-building, teaching and supervision of clinical students, and advocacy in furtherance of the Juvenile Defender Clinic’s mission.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will include, at a minimum:

  • Supervising students in representation of Clinic clients
  • Providing skills instruction during Juvenile Defender Clinic weekly meetings
  • Occasional teaching in related youth justice, education law and criminal procedure classes
  • Representing clients in juvenile court and school discipline and special education proceedings
  • Providing legal and social science research support for Juvenile Defender Clinic projects, trainings, and technical assistance

In addition, the fellow would have support to engage in academic writing, if desired, and to take part in the academic life of the law school. This position is ideal for candidates interested in the substantive areas of youth defense or education law, candidates seeking supervisory experience, and/or candidates interested in exploring careers in clinical teaching.


Qualifications:  Priority will be given to law school graduates within three years of law school graduation who have a demonstrated interest in the fields of youth justice and/or education law, strong research and writing skills, and experience in representing young people either in juvenile court or in school proceedings.  Candidates must be able to exercise independent judgment; responsibly manage multiple projects; communicate effectively orally and in writing; provide meaningful instruction to students; and complete assignments with minimal supervision. 


Preferred Qualifications:  Priority will be given to candidates who are admitted to the GA bar, who are eligible for admission to the GA bar via reciprocity, or who sat for the July 2022 GA bar.


Salary:  Salary will be set at $50,000 per year. Emory University offers a generous benefits package.      


Selection Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The candidate will start as early in the fall 2022 semester as possible. Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s reasons for applying for the fellowship (not to exceed two pages), (2) a resume, (3) a sample of legal or scholarly written work, (4) a law school transcript, and (5) the names and contact information of three individuals prepared to provide professional references. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.


Deadline: Applications received by August 15 will receive priority.


For additional information, contact: Randee Waldman, Director, Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic


About the Barton Center:  The Barton Center is a multi-disciplinary child law program whose mission is to promote and protect the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the courts, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems.  The Center’s work is directed by Emory Law faculty who are leading experts in juvenile law, and is performed by law and other graduate students enrolled in the Center’s four legal clinics.  Under faculty supervision, students provide holistic client representation in trial and appellate courts and in administrative proceedings, and collaborate with state leaders and community stakeholders to improve child-serving systems through research-based, data-informed policies and well-crafted laws.  In these ways, the Barton Center is meeting the urgent unmet legal needs of individual child- and youth clients while concurrently working to improve the conditions of state child-serving systems, and preparing the next generation of child advocacy professionals.


About the Juvenile Defender Clinic:  The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic (JDC), a clinical offering of the Barton Child Law & Policy Center, is an in-house legal clinic dedicated to providing holistic legal representation for children in delinquency and status offense proceedings. Student attorneys represent child clients in juvenile court and provide legal advocacy in the areas of school discipline, special education, and mental health, when such advocacy is derivative of a client’s juvenile court case.       

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