Application Deadline- Yale-Abrams Clinical Fellowship- Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA)

February 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Position Start Date: July 1, 2020


About the Abrams Clinical Fellowship

MFIA seeks candidates for this position with at least two years of relevant experience who are interested in pursuing a career in litigation or public advocacy on issues surrounding digital age free expression and transparency within government, at a non-governmental organization, or as a law school clinical professor.


The Abrams Fellow will work closely with the Clinic’s team of litigators, which currently includes Clinic Director David Schulz and three full-time Fellows. The fellowship provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience litigating cutting edge issues, to supervise and teach law students, to work on legal scholarship, and to participate in the intellectual life of the Yale ISP. The duties of the Abrams Fellow include:


Assuming overall responsibility for selected cases on the MFIA docket and supervising Yale Law School students in the Clinic;

  • Assisting the Clinic’s intake process and shaping its docket;
  • Teaching several substantive and skill-based classes to students as part of the Clinic’s weekly seminar;
  • Supervising summer law student interns at the Clinic and covering Clinic cases during semester breaks;
  • Coordinating the Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference hosted each Spring by the Abrams Institute;
  • Engaging in the scholarly activities of the ISP, which include regular academic lunches, workshops, conferences, and talks.

Fellows must live in the New Haven area during their fellowship. The fellowship starts on July 1 and lasts for one year, renewable for a second year.  The salary for the Abrams Fellow will be $75,000. Fellows also receive Yale health benefits and access to university facilities, as well as a travel budget for academic and clinic conferences.


Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted by February 1, 2020.  Applications should include:

  • A one to five-page statement describing the applicant’s interest in the fellowship, relevant practice experience, and career goals;
  • A copy of the applicant’s resume;
  • A law school transcript; and
  • At least one sample of recent legal writing, preferably a brief or memorandum.

***Please indicate clearly in your application materials that you are applying for the Abrams Clinical Fellowship***


Application materials should be sent (in electronic form) to Heather Branch at


For further information, please feel free to contact MFIA Clinic Director David Schulz at



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