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Explore below for opportunities in our Legal, Policy, Field, Communications, Development, and Executive departments.

Job Openings

Senior Policy Counsel or Policy Counsel - Criminal Legal Reform, Post-Arrest

The NYCLU seeks an experienced and innovative Senior Policy Counsel or Policy Counsel (together “Counsel”) to lead a broad docket that is focused on issues to enhance the rights and liberties of criminal legal system-involved New Yorkers after arrest.

Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s attorney salary scale, which is based on the year graduated from law school. Location: New York, NY 10004


The New York Civil Liberties Union is seeking a full-time paralegal to assist its attorneys involved in civil rights and civil liberties litigation. The paralegal will be based in the NYCLU’s New York City office, but travel within New York State may be required. The NYCLU’s Legal Department is comprised of eighteen lawyers, a legal department manager, an investigator, three paralegals, a data analyst, and a senior legal assistant. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state courts. They also participate in the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the NYCLU.

Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s salary scale and commensurate with experience and qualifications (Minimum $55,000) Location: New York, NY 10004

Legal Fellow Sponsorship

The NYCLU seeks rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law graduates to sponsor for one- or two-year legal fellowships with a funding organization, such as the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, and Soros. We will work with a successful applicant to develop a project proposal to submit. Applicants will be asked to submit ideas for a project proposal relating to civil liberties and civil rights in New York. Proposed projects often combine litigation, advocacy, community outreach, and public education. We encourage projects that are new and innovative, allowing the NYCLU to serve unmet legal needs or expand our reach to other populations. Proposals should include a short description of the problem your project seeks to address, concrete strategies and tools to address the problem, goals for what you want to accomplish during the fellowship, why you are the best candidate for this fellowship project, and how your project fits into the NYCLU’s work. We understand that project proposals may be broad at this stage. To assist candidates in developing projects that best align with our current priorities, we particularly encourage project proposals that focus on racial justice, criminal justice and police accountability, voting rights, gender equity, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, education equity, privacy and technology, economic justice, environmental justice and immigration.

Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s attorney salary scale, which is based on years of legal experience (new law-school graduates currently start at $82,000 for 2025) Location: New York, NY 10004
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