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Overview: 

The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The Door’s Legal Services Center provides civil legal services to young people in matters such as immigration, public benefits, housing and family law. We are a team of close to 50 attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and other support staff. For more than twenty years, the Center has been at the forefront of representing undocumented children and youth. We represent undocumented youth in a range of immigration matters, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, and U and T Nonimmigrant Status. We represent clients in affirmative applications, defend clients in removal proceedings, and are the federally subcontracted legal services provider for hundreds of unaccompanied children in immigration detention centers in New York. We are also actively involved in impact litigation and other policy work, and advocate locally and nationally for systemic immigration and other reform to ensure that our clients’ rights are vindicated.

For more information, visit: www.door.org

Job Description: 

The Door’s Legal Services Center seeks rising third year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates to sponsor for post-graduate legal fellowships including but not limited to Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Justice Catalyst, Kirkland & Ellis, and school based-fellowships, to commence in Fall 2023. Qualified law students, clerks, and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with The Door are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application by July 31, 2022.

The Door seeks proposals to provide direct legal services to our members and to create opportunities for youth empowerment and organizing. Projects may also incorporate systemic advocacy and impact litigation. Suggested target populations include runaway and homeless youth, immigrant youth, youth in foster care, LGBTQ youth and youth seeking reproductive health care. Potential areas of law include immigration, public benefits, family law, civil rights, and homeless rights.

We are open to discussing any strong proposal, but are particularly interested in fellowships focusing on the following areas:  1) legal issues facing foster-care involved youth; 2) expanded provision of immigration services to underserved communities (e.g. indigenous language speakers, LGBTQ youth, homeless youth, etc.); and 3) family law, public benefits, reproductive health, and/or educational advocacy. 

Qualifications Needed:

  • Third-year law students or judicial clerks
  • Demonstrated commitment to legal services and to working with young people in crisis
  • Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Haitian Kreyol, Cantonese or Mandarin is preferred but not required.

Work Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours a week

Contact Information: In order to be considered for this fellowship, candidates must submit a 1–3-page project proposal and resume to: APPLY

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than July 31, 2022.

Due to the large volume of applications, we will only be reaching out to the candidates that meet the needs of our program.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package

COVID -19 POLICY

The Door and Broome Street Academy follow the CDC and NYS recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Door and Broome Street Academy are now requiring all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a qualified exemption.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.