Apply Now for the 2020-2021 Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship with the Community Justice Project

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The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship provides graduating NYU Law students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization.  The 2020-2021 Community Justice Project fellowship is available for both graduating JD and graduating LLM students. The application deadline is Wednesday 4/22 EOD.  Interviews will be held on Friday 4/24 between 10am and 1pm EDT. 

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1) a short personal statement (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in the work of the organization, and future aspirations.

2) two letters of recommendation, including one letter from a current or former professor or other person associated with NYU School of Law and one letter from a supervisor or employer familiar with the applicant’s human rights work or recent work experience. Due to the short timeframe, it’s ok if these can arrive later than the deadline.

3) a résumé

4) law school transcript

5) writing sample 

Submit all materials by e-mail to  


The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications and select finalists to be interviewed by the organizations. Factors the committee will consider include:

a) the applicant’s human rights experience (in law school courses, extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and full-time work);

b) the applicant’s leadership capabilities and likely future commitment to human rights work; and

c) the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the organization’s work.  

About the Community Justice Project

The Community Justice Project collaborates closely with community organizers and grassroots groups in low-income communities of color because they believe that a more democratic, more just and more equal society can only truly come about through grassroots organizing and social movement. They are a part of that social movement in South Florida and strive to support organizing through our varied and often innovative legal work. The Community Justice Project works in the areas of immigration, housing, climate (particular as it connects to housing), workers rights, bail, and disaster recovery. 

Their work (and that of the fellow) varies by the particular campaigns. Work can range from strategic thought partnership on legal advocacy, litigation, use of international mechanisms, use of creative mediums, and policy advocacy. 

The Community Justice Project prefers candidates with demonstrated experience in social justice and social movements. Strong preference for candidates with background in organizing. Strong preference for candidates who speak Haitian Creole or Spanish. 

This fellowship is located in Miami, FL