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Permanent Staff

The Center has no permanent staff positions open at this time.

Center for Civil Rights Fellowship


The Center for Civil Rights annually awards a recent law school graduate with a one- or two-year fellowship. Fellows work under the direct supervision of the Center's senior attorneys. In the past, Fellows have primary responsibility for one program area (most recently either community development or education) and may contribute to other program areas as well. Fellows conduct legal research, work directly with Center clients and draft legal and policy documents submitted to the courts and other organizations. A primary objective of the fellowship program is to ensure that future generations of attorneys are equipped to continue the ongoing campaign to secure fair and equal opportunities for minority and low-income people.

Fellowship Requirements

Strong fellowship applicants will have a commitment to civil rights and social justice, excellent verbal and written communication skills, be self-directed, have the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously, work with people with diverse perspectives and positions, and exhibit promising leadership potential through professional experiences or law school activities.

Applicants also should be graduates of an ABA-accredited law school program within the last two years. Hired fellows should be admitted to a State Bar within six months of employment. Admission to the North Carolina State Bar is preferred, but not required.

How to Apply

No current positions are available. Please check back for openings.

Law Student Internships

Summer Internships

The center offers several internship positions each summer for rising 2L and 3L students. Summer interns assist with the current case load, participate in special projects and have opportunities to meet lawyers, advocates and community leaders who are engaged in social justice work.

How to Apply

The application period for 2018 summer internships will open in January 2018 for rising 2Ls and 3Ls. Please check Symplicity for the listing.

If you are interested in working with the Center for Civil Rights, you may also want to consider an externship or pro bono opportunity.

Fall/Spring Externships, and Fall/Spring Pro Bono Opportunities

The center also offers externships and pro bono work year round. Externs and pro bono students obtain practical experiences in civil rights lawyering, ensuring that the law school is fulfilling its public service mission and furthering university-wide efforts to engage with North Carolina communities. Read more about the center's collaboration with students on our blog.

Undergraduate Student Internships


The center occasionally engages UNC undergraduate students to work on various projects throughout the year. When opportunities are available, preference is given to students who express an interest in applying to law school and pursuing a social justice career in North Carolina and have a strong work ethic.

If you are interested in working with the Center, please forward a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and your availability to volunteer to:

Jennifer Watson Marsh
Director of Research, Community Services and Student Programs
UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights
Law School Annex, CB #3382
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3382

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