Legal Fellowships – Center for Public Representation

The Center for Public Representation (CPR) is a national legal advocacy center that has been advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities for over 45 years.  Its staff, including nine attorneys, a paralegal, a communication coordinator, and administrative personnel, work in Northampton, Boston, and other locations.  Through its systemic advocacy, CPR has been a major force in promoting community integration, self-determination and improvements in services for people with disabilities throughout the country.

CPR sponsors fellowships to work with experienced attorneys on its system reform agenda, which includes numerous litigation and policy initiatives that are designed to promote community integration, health equity, racial justice, equal access, improved services, and new standards of care for persons with disabilities.  The agenda, like CPR’s mission, focuses on supporting institutionalized and other persons with disabilities to return to, or remain in, their homes and communities and to be full and equal participants in all community activities.  A summary of the CPR’s systemic litigation agenda can be found at

The fellow can be based in either CPR’s Northampton or Boston-area offices, although Northampton is preferred.


Applicants for Justice Catalyst, Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Racial Justice and other fellowships should be rising 3L students with a demonstrated interest in disability, racial justice, and civil rights issues.


Salary is determined by the fellowship program, or CPR’s salary scale for first-year attorneys.


Proposals should be submitted no later than September 1 of the year in which you intend to apply.  Proposals are evaluated on a rolling basis.  Proposals should include a cover letter describing your preferred project, resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample of no more than ten pages, and two references sent to Steven Schwartz, Center for Public Representation, 22 Green Street, Northampton, MA  01060 or by email to

CPR is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.  CPR strongly encourages persons with disabilities and people from communities of color to apply.