Seiu Law Fellowship, USA

Scholarship for Seiu Law, USA

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union has openings for law fellows,  starting in September.

The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to expose recent law graduates to legal work within an international union and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million workers in the United States and Canada, principally in the building service, public service, and health care fields.

Attorneys in SEIU’s Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization’s interests in organizing new workers,  improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice.

This includes representation of the International, local unions, and members in litigation enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, election statutes, and local, state and federal labor management relations laws.

Past fellows have been involved in most areas of the legal department’s work.

While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, fellows can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; advice and assistance to staff organizers; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; attendance at SEIU and labor law conferences; and participation in SEIU’s political program.

Fellowship openings are in Washington, D.C. Fellowships are for one year, with an option to renew for a second year (with the mutual agreement of the fellow and SEIU). Full vacation and health benefits are provided, and salary is commensurate with experience. Recent law graduates, judicial clerks, and third-year law students are welcome to apply.

Seiu Law Fellowship Qualifications 

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and a desire to practice union-side labor law. SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.

Seiu Law Fellowship Application 

Applicants should submit only one set of materials by hard copy, e-mail, or fax. Please indicate “2011 Fellowship Application” on your email.

Application deadline :  December 1, 2010.

To apply for the Fellowship, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript and two letters of recommendation to:

Cheryl Alston,
Assistant to the General Counsel
SEIU Legal Department
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Email : cheryl.alston@seiu.org,
Fax : 202-429-5565.