Staff Attorney


The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) seeks a dynamic and creative attorney at the four to six year experience level to participate in its aggressive impact litigation program and other advocacy across the country on an expanding range of economic justice issues.


Since 1965, NCLEJ has been a national leader in improving access to public benefits and other programs and services for low-income individuals, using class action litigation, policy advocacy, training, and other tools, and working in collaboration with national, state, and locally-based advocacy and grass roots organizations.

In recent years, NCLEJ has addressed the civil rights of low-income people with disabilities and low-income workers; promoted access to housing through creative use of the Americans with Disabilities Act; improved access to critical work supports such as health coverage, child care, and nutrition assistance; and addressed issues confronting low-wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrants.  In the coming years, NCLEJ expects to move into additional areas of economic justice advocacy.   We litigate in federal and state courts across the country and partner with other public interest groups and the private bar.

Qualifications for the Position

NCLEJ is seeking a lawyer with four to six years’ experience to carry on and expand upon this advocacy.  The successful candidate will have relevant experience or a strong interest in economic justice issues or civil rights law; impact litigation experience; demonstrated leadership capability; excellent writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills; an entrepreneurial spirit; imagination, determination, passion, and the ability to play an important leadership role in litigation and policy advocacy projects while working collaboratively with colleagues.   Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced and collegial environment. Candidates must be admitted to the New York bar or prepared to seek admission at the earliest opportunity.

Salary and Fringe Benefits

Salary is based on NCLEJ’s scale, which is comparable to that of similar organizations in New York City.  Fringe benefits include health, dental, life, and long-term and short-term disability insurance; vacation, sick , family and medical leave, employer contributions to TDA, cafeteria plans, and generous vacation, sick, family and medical leave and holiday schedules.

Applying for the Position

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three employment references to  Please include your first and last name in the subject line.  In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity, describe your experience and explain how your experience makes you a great candidate for this position. The position will remain open until filled.

NCLEJ is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other consideration prohibited by law.  People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in poverty, are especially encouraged to apply.

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