Opportunities at NHLP

(UPDATED) Fellowship Opportunity – Due July 26,2021

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is seeking applicants to sponsor for public interest fellowships beginning in fall 2022. This is a unique opportunity to join a passionate and dedicated staff of housing advocates during a critical moment in our nation’s history. Already faced with a historic lack of affordable housing, the pandemic heightened the need for all levels of government to implement eviction prevention, housing stability, and affordable housing preservation measures. As a fellow at NHLP, you will help lead the national fight for the rights of tenants through education, collaboration, and collective action. For fellowships beginning in fall 2022, applications are due to NHLP by July 26, 2021.

NHLP encourages newly emerging public interest attorneys and graduating law students who are committed to our broad, substantive focus areas to seek our sponsorship for a post-graduate fellowship. Common funding sources include Equal Justice Works, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, school-sponsored fellowships, and the Soros Justice Fellowships. Potential fellows must first apply to NHLP for organizational sponsorship before applying to fellowship funding sources.

With a staff of nationally recognized experts in federal housing law, NHLP provides the ideal professional home for the design and implementation of innovative fellowship projects. Fellowships at NHLP have helped to launch the public interest law careers of many dedicated attorneys. Recent NHLP-sponsored fellowship projects have included:

  • Implementation and enforcement of federally mandated housing protections for women affected by domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA);
  • Research and advocacy regarding the intersection between immigrant rights, VAWA housing protections and the impact of nuisance and crime-free ordinances on marginalized groups of people;
  • Guaranteeing language access in affordable housing programs; and
  • Safeguarding tenants’ rights during the roll-out of a federal program aimed at preserving the nation’s public housing stock.


The ideal fellowship candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to working with and for low-income and underserved populations;
  • Extremely high-caliber legal research and writing skills;
  • Substantive experience in housing, economic justice, environmental justice, and/or related issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Admission, or a plan to seek admission, to a state Bar

Preferred location is NHLP’s main office in San Francisco but other locations will be considered.

NHLP is an equal opportunity employer that strives to reflect the diverse community it serves. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation is available for individuals with disabilities, upon request.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to hr@nhlp.org.

Applications are due to NHLP by July 26, 2021.

Examples of Possible Fellowship Projects

Depending on the applicant’s experience and interests, possible fellowship projects could include:

  • Expanding Tenants Rights in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program
  • Protecting Housing for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
  • Preserving Public Housing
  • Expanding Housing Opportunities for People with Criminal Histories
  • Protecting Housing Rights of LGBTQ Individuals and Families
  • Environmental Justice and Housing