This Disability Law Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for a law school graduate with a passion for advancing the rights of people with disabilities.

  • Application Deadline: Applications received by February 8, 2021 will receive priority consideration.
  • Length: Two Years

About Disability Rights North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization, is North Carolina’s Protection & Advocacy agency and the leader in advancing the legal rights of people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, statewide. Our advocates are dedicated to ensuring that disabled people have the supports they may need to live independently in the community, free from abuse, discrimination and neglect, with equality of opportunity. We engage in a range of advocacy strategies, including individual and impact litigation.

Program Description

This fellowship is designed for an emerging attorney to develop their talent in advancing disability rights. DRNC is seeking an attorney with 0-3 years’ experience and commitment to our mission, to begin a 2-year legal fellowship commencing fall 2021. Eligible candidates will be licensed to practice law in North Carolina or must sit for the next NC Bar exam.  The Fellowship is a full-time opportunity at DRNC, paid at a rate and with benefits commensurate with other staff attorneys.

This fellowship will provide you an opportunity to participate in advocacy and protection for people with all types of disabilities across North Carolina as you progress your legal career. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Rotate through all areas of DRNC’s work
  • Work closely with DRNC to execute tactics that support the organization’s overall strategy
  • Understand and champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation
  • Gain an understanding of the laws, regulations and policies required to enhance the emerging discourse of disability rights as human rights
  • Develop a project or area of work

To Apply

Please send a detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and interest in the Disability Law Fellowship, resume, and writing sample to:  We strongly encourage law school students with a disability to apply.  Individuals who have previously developed a relevant fellowship or project proposal should include it with their application materials.  After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email.  Fellowship interviews will begin in January.  If you are invited to interview at DRNC then you will be notified of our disposition of your application as soon as a decision is made.

If you require accommodation or other assistance to apply for a job at DRNC, please contact the DRNC Human Resources at 919-856-2195.

Disability Rights North Carolina provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or nay characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.