California Western School of Law (CWSL) is looking for a CIP Fellow to work for the California Innocence Project (CIP). This position will be responsible for reviewing claims for innocence arising from convictions occurring within Southern California. The CIP Fellow will train under the CIP Staff; supervise interns, volunteers, volunteer attorneys, and students; supervise intake in the office, including intake management; engage in habeas petitions and legal writing as needed; and participate in litigation and case preparation as needed. The Staff Fellow position is a one-year position with the possibility of a second year depending on experience and performance during the first year. This is a full-time position funded by grants and/or private foundation resources.

For more information about the California Innocence Project (CIP), please view CIP’s website at

Primary Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Supervise interns, volunteers, volunteer attorneys, and students in case review, case processing, and investigations. Also responsible for supervising volunteers and interns during CIP-sponsored events.
  • Supervise intake of mail and correspondence, including intake management of potentially viable innocence cases.
  • Review the written work of interns, volunteers, and students during the grant period.
  • Review claims of innocence arising from convictions occurring within Southern California.
  • Train under CIP staff in the areas of post-conviction work, avenues for relief, and other related legal issues.
  • Preparing and delivering educational presentations on the criminal justice system and the work of CIP to local groups, classes, and interested individuals and supporters.
  • As needed, engage in legal writing of habeas petitions, post-convictions motions, and case memoranda.
  • As needed, participate in litigation preparation and case preparation on activated cases where CIP has been retained as counsel.


  • Law degree from ABA-accredited law school preferred, but eligible 3L candidates in good standing may also be selected.
  • Interest in criminal law and/or experience in post-conviction representation preferred.
  • Experience in higher education beneficial.
  • Ability to work on weekends and some evenings required.
  • Must have daily access to a reliable vehicle. Must be able to obtain and/or maintain a valid California driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance acknowledging the vehicle is used for employee’s work purposes. Must maintain a clean driving record.