Thurgood Marshall Center Law Teaching Fellowship

Howard University School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights (“TMC”) offers 2 Fellowships to support the research and professional development of candidates pursuing a career in law teaching or public interest law.  Launching in 2018, TMC will be Howard University’s flagship institutional setting for the study and practice of civil rights, human rights, racial justice and the law. The law school supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students seeking to use the law to become social engineers on both a national and international scale.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Candidates should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2018) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; a high degree of scholarly writing ability; and demonstrated interest and background in using the law to promote civil rights, human rights, and/or racial justice.  We welcome candidates who, in addition, possess experience in legal practice, graduate training in other disciplines, community organizing experience, or other professional qualifications. We especially welcome candidates who plan to pursue work related to issues that concern the broader Black Lives Matter movement.  And finally, we welcome applications from graduates of any law school, though HUSL graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Terms of the Fellowship

The fellow will be appointed for the year beginning July 1, 2018 until July 1, 2019 (beginning August 1, 2018 for those studying for the bar). The fellowship is intended to be renewable for a second year. The fellowship offers a competitive salary and full benefits.

The fellowship responsibilities are as follows:

  • completing at least one substantial writing project and submitting it for publication;
  • where appropriate, teaching one course within the HUSL curriculum each year of the fellowship;
  • spearheading one community outreach project with the TMC or the civil and human rights clinic each year of the fellowship;
  • assisting with the administration of the TMC, including events, meetings, and community outreach projects;
  • formally and informally mentoring students in the civil and human rights clinic and TMC student volunteers

Application Process

Applications should be submitted by March 23, 2017 at the latest. 
To apply for the fellowship, you must submit the following materials: 

  • cover letter summarizing your qualifications, including any past and/or potential contributions to civil rights, human rights, and/or racial justice movements through research, teaching, and/or service;
  • scholarly research proposal, no longer than 800 words in length;
  • resume/CV;
  • law school transcript;
  • a writing sample;
  • names and contact information of two references prepared to write a letter of recommendation upon request. At least one should be a law professor familiar with your scholarly potential.

Visit the Howard University School of Law website  for more information about our institution.  Please submit applications and questions to and address all correspondence to Justin Hansford, Executive Director of the Center.

No phone calls please.