About the Exoneration Project: The Exoneration Project (EP) represents individuals who have been
convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. We investigate and litigate post-conviction cases with
the goal of exonerating the wrongfully convicted. The EP has a unique, collaborative structure: it
operates as a clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and is staffed in part with attorneys and legal
workers from the national civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy.
The EP is seeking a Fellow to join our Chicago office for a full-time, two-year term. The
position offers extensive opportunities to work on all phases of litigation and to work collaboratively
with other lawyers in the EP on post-conviction claims. We are looking for people with the following
attributes: strong writers, creative thinkers, effective communicators and collaborators, independent in
their work, and passionate about advocating for the rights of people wrongfully convicted and
The Fellow will participate in all aspects of cases including conducting investigations, filing pleadings in
court, arguing motions, handling court appearances, writing appellate briefs, maintaining attorney-client
communications, and making strategic decisions in the best interest of the client.
The EP is a client-centered, nimble advocacy organization that aspires to produce the best possible legal
outcome for our clients. As a staff, we accomplish work quickly and efficiently and do whatever justice
demands for our clients. For this reason, an ideal Fellow must be client-focused, motivated, and able to
Note, we are currently working remotely as much as possible, however this position is ultimately based
in the EP’s West Loop office (Fulton Market area) in Chicago. Some travel is required.
This is a term position that will last for two years from the date employment begins. Our intention
is for this position to begin by Fall 2021. The position may be extended or made permanent at the EP’s
Compensation is $75,000 per year plus bonus, with full benefits.
Candidates must hold a J.D. and be a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar by
the time of their hire, or eligible for prompt admission. This role is intended for lawyers fewer than 5
years out of law school with a strong interest in post-conviction and/or criminal litigation, stellar
academic records, clinical experience, and a sustained interest in issues relating to racial injustice within the criminal legal system. A demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil rights or criminal
justice is important. Spanish-speaking ability is an asset but not required.
Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, a minimum of
two references, and a sample of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “EP
Fellowship Application”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. The
position is available until filled.
Exoneration Project Hiring Policies:
The Exoneration Project has a strong commitment to providing exemplary representation to our diverse
client community and creating an inclusive workplace environment welcoming to people of all
backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, people of all genders and sexual
orientations, people with disabilities, and people historically underrepresented in the practice of law.