DPI is seeking a Legal Research & Writing Fellow

The Due Process Institute, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is looking for a highly qualified, independent self-starter to serve as their Legal Research & Writing Fellow in Washington, DC.

The Due Process Institute looks past ideological divides to find common ground in order to restore principles of fairness in the criminal justice system. We are looking for a goal-oriented individual who can work in a bipartisan environment and can help the organization deliver measurable results to make criminal legal reform efforts a reality. 

The Legal Research & Writing Fellow will specifically focus on those efforts that remove or ameliorate obstacles that prevent people from accessing their procedural due process rights and will work on creating a fairer, more accountable, and more efficient justice system. For more information about us, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @iDueProcess.

This fellowship is designed to last up to one year, but shorter service can be negotiated for the right candidate. The fellowship is designed to be full-time, but part-time service may be considered for the right candidate. There may also be an opportunity to continue on with the organization after completion of the fellowship.

Duties for the Legal Research & Writing Fellow will include:

  • Engaging in extensive and sophisticated research and writing on complex issues relating to criminal law and criminal legal reform
  • Writing blogs on a wide variety of issue areas, including 4th Amendment issues, digital privacy, search and seizure topics, grand juries, sentencing, the right to counsel, criminal intent, criminal discovery rules, the right to counsel, prosecutor accountability, and many other criminal justice reform topics
  • Tracking and analyzing relevant criminal federal and state legislation
  • Creating action alerts for federal legislators and their staff, as well as grassroots activists
  • Helping to execute substantive legal- and policy-related programs and events
  • Supporting amicus efforts
  • Assisting with the management of the organization’s website, social media, and      communications platforms


  • JD required; judicial clerkship experience preferred (those with more experience are also encouraged to apply)
  • Participation in Law Review or other legal journal strongly encouraged
  • Exceptional and proven research and writing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage time; a self-starter attitude
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination      of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  • Demonstrated pattern of ability to prioritize, work collaboratively, and problem solve with creative resourcefulness
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal law and criminal legal reform

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated professional. The Due Process Institute is prepared to offer competitive nonprofit compensation. 


Please submit a resume detailing your experience and a cover letter explaining your interest in criminal justice reform and detailing your research and writing experience to Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted. Please also submit a writing sample that represents your best work and that is substantially authored/edited by you alone (10 page maximum--excised portions of longer works are acceptable).

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Applicants from outside of the DC area are eligible to apply but must be able to relocate within 30 days of accepting an offer.