July 31, 2020

POST-GRADUATE LEGAL FELLOWS in California & South Carolina


in California & South Carolina

About Root & Rebound:

Root & Rebound’s (R&R)’s mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California and the country. R&R’s model is three-pronged: Educate, through online and printed legal guides and toolkits, and prison/jail and community-based legal trainings, Advocate, through a reentry legal hotline and clinics, and Reform, pushing for policy change at the local, state, and national level.

Post-Graduate Fellow:

Root & Rebound is interested in hosting externally funded post-graduate Legal Fellows for 1- or 2-year fellowship terms, including but not limited to those interested in applying for Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, and law school-sponsored post-graduate legal fellowships. We are looking for project proposals that bring innovative legal advocacy and support to people with arrest and conviction histories, and would complement our existing program areas:

  • Education — via the development of reentry guides and toolkits, online and community-based legal trainings and workshops, and in-custody reentry legal education.
  • Advocacy — via the Reentry Legal Hotline, community clinics, and expansion of direct services.
  • Reform — via policy advocacy, systems reform work, and high-impact litigation.


  • California:
    • Oakland (headquarters office that does statewide work in California)
    • Fresno
    • San Bernardino
    • Los Angeles
  • South Carolina:
    • Greenville (main office that does statewide work in South Carolina)


The successful post-graduate fellow should possess the following qualifications:

  • Desire to work with people returning to the community from prison and jail & on reentry/ criminal justice issues in a dynamic legal environment
  • Demonstrated interest in improving the lives of disenfranchised people and communities
  • Currently in law school or recent law school graduate
  • Previous experience working directly with clients in a legal clinic setting
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and meticulous follow-up
  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, sound judgment, and good sense of humor
  • Humility and flexibility, and a commitment to teamwork
  • Eagerness to take initiative, solve intricate problems, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize and organize in a deadline-driven environment
  • A high level of dependability and the ability to maintain a consistent schedule
  • Ability to comfortably and appropriately communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders including currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, their family members, staff, community partners, board members, and others
  • Bilingual/multilingual speakers preferred, but not required

Application Instructions:

To apply to Root & Rebound to host you for a post-graduate legal fellowship, please e-mail your application to Veena Gursahani at [email protected], with attention to “Fellowships Committee, 1730 Franklin Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612.” 

Your application should include all of the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. A short description of potential fellowship topics(s) you would like to pursue that would complement our existing programs at Root & Rebound, as well as the names of any specific fellowship programs that you wish to pursue (if you know);
  3. Resume;
  4. Three references with names, their professional relationship to you, and contact information; and
  5. Writing sample (4 pages max.)

DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit as soon as possible, ideally by the end of May of your 2L year and at the latest by August 15th, before the upcoming fellowship cycle begins in the Fall of your 3L year.


Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with conviction histories, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals.

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