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Legal Fellow

Job Title

Legal Fellow


£30,000 depending on experience and location

Reports to:

Senior legal managers/legal managers of one or more of our programme areas, depending on experience

Responsible for:

Legal case work, research and projects

Contract type:

Fixed term (12 months)

Start date:

2 September 2024


Part time (3 days per week) or full time (5 days per week), to be discussed with the right candidate


Flexible for the right candidate - see job description


We are recruiting a legal fellow for a 12 month fixed term starting on 2 September 2024, to work with us on client cases, projects, and research. A Legal Fellowship at ILP provides a great opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining experience in the NGO sector, knowledge and awareness of the issues facing our partners, developing their research and client skills, and getting exposed to how lawyers can engage in international pro bono work. 

We are open to sponsoring a UK visa application for an exceptional candidate.

About International Lawyers Project

ILP is a network of talented and passionate pro bono lawyers drawn from diverse countries and cultures across the globe. We mobilise teams of legal experts to support the policy and legal needs of marginalised communities, their governments, and their social movement organisations. Our partners are civil society organisations, governments, community groups and investigative journalists.

Founded in the UK in 2005, we are staffed by a small core staff team of lawyers and thematic experts dedicated to using the law to achieve economic and environmental justice through strategic pro bono legal support. Over the last 19 years, we have supported partners in more than 100 countries.

We are proud to have a diverse staff and volunteer team reflective of the communities we support, from Africa, Asia and Europe, with extensive expertise in our focus areas as well as law and international development. We work primarily in the Global South, with active projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as in Europe. As a charity, our ultimate aim is to help our clients create long lasting change in some of the world’s most disadvantaged regions.

About the Role

We are looking to recruit a law graduate (1-3 years post-graduation) with experience in environmental law, economic justice and/or international development to join our small but dynamic team. Depending on experience, the role will support our programmes challenging economic injustice caused by environmental damage, biodiversity loss, deforestation, illegal resource trafficking, climate change and conflicts over natural resources; promoting transparency and accountability in public and private institutions to encourage responsibility and minimise the impacts of corruption; and promoting fairer and more effective economic and fiscal policy tools to help states meet development goals and enhance the rule of law. A more detailed explanation of our work is set out in our 2024-2026 Strategy.

Working as part of a small, busy team, you will have the opportunity to learn at very close hand what it means to work for an international NGO focusing on achieving environmental and economic justice. You will develop projects with a range of partners, including international agencies, NGOs and CSOs, and governments and government bodies. You will collaborate with a range of volunteer lawyers (law firms and barristers chambers) who are leading experts in their field. The role will also involve project management, assistance with fundraising, fulfilling compliance obligations, and evaluating and learning from projects.

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How To Apply

Applications should be submitted to by EOD Sunday 14 July 2024. Interviews are likely to take place during the week of 23 July 2024. To be considered applications must include the following:

1. An updated CV of no more than three pages, including the names of two references;

2. A cover letter of no more than two pages which concisely explains why you are interested in the role and how you meet all the requirements set out in the Candidate Profile.

ILP is an equal opportunities, inclusive employer and welcomes the opportunity to discuss possible modifications to make the interview process and job accessible to all qualified candidates. The Senior Legal/ Legal Managers are also available to answer any questions you may have.

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