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.

Our Legal Services Center provides a full range of civil legal services. In particular, we are leaders in serving immigrant youth, and represent youth seeking all forms of humanitarian immigration relief, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-visas and T-visas. For more information, visit www.door.org.

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 2020. 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, 2020.

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 and LGBTQ youth. Potential areas of law include immigration, public benefits, family law, and homeless rights.
Practice Areas: Immigration, Family Law, Public Benefits, and Education Law

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


  • 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 Creole or Mandarin is preferred but not required.

Schedule Type: Full-time

Contact Information: Candidates should send a resume, transcript, cover letter, and 3-5 page project proposal to Kaavya Viswanathan, Director, The Door’s Legal Services Center, at kviswanathan@door.org. Please write “Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and should be submitted no later than July 31, 2020. Due to the large volume of applications, we apologize in advance that we are unable to respond to all applicants.

Deadline: July 31, 2020