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The Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) Clinical Teaching Fellowship, at the University of Washington School of Law, provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to engage in direct client work with homeless youth, craft policy recommendations based on youth voice, supervise law students in the Clinical Program, teach law students in a small seminar, and draft policy and academic materials for potential publication

The position will involve intensive interviewing and interaction with homeless youth in the University District of Seattle, Washington through a multidisciplinary participatory research project at the University of Washington. The CAYAC Fellow, with the support and under the supervision of the Bobbed and Jon Bridge Professor of Child Advocacy, Lisa Kelly, will coordinate the law school’s involvement in this multidisciplinary effort. The CAYAC Fellow will also spearhead the drafting of a policy report to include legal reform recommendations that incorporate the homeless youth voice and perspective.

The CAYAC Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in CAYAC courses and will progressively take on teaching and supervision duties as well as leadership in the research project throughout the course of the fellowship. The CAYAC Fellow will also have the opportunity to frame and develop a scholarly project under the guidance of experienced clinical faculty.

Candidates must have earned a JD at an accredited law school. An ideal candidate has experience working with vulnerable populations, specifically homeless youth, and has demonstrated a commitment to public interest lawyering. An ideal candidate will be prepared to start the position on at the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2017.

Recent law school graduates may apply, but preference will be given to candidates with 1-5 years of experience and candidates who have passed the Washington State Bar Exam and/or are members of, or eligible for membership in, of the Washington State Bar Association, or are eligible for membership within the first contract year.

Application Requirements:
Applications should be sent in electronic form to and should include:

  • A statement describing applicant’s interest in the position, relevant practical experience and career goals (may be included in a cover letter)
  • A copy of the Applicant’s Resume
  • A law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Contact information for three references
  • A writing sample (15 pages or less)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by or before September 15, 2017.