Barton Postgraduate Law Fellowship

The Post-Graduate Child Law and Policy Fellowship is offered as a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for an additional one-year term. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in policy development, legislative advocacy, and clinical law teaching in the field of child law.  The Fellow will work closely with Barton Center faculty and will report directly to the Executive Director of the Barton Center, assisting with research, policy development, capacity-building through organizational partnerships, skills teaching and supervision of clinical students, and leadership of advocacy strategies in furtherance of the Barton Center's mission.

About the Barton Center:  The Barton Center is a multi-disciplinary child law program whose mission is to promote and protect the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the courts, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems.  The Center’s work is directed by Emory Law faculty who are leading experts in juvenile law in Georgia, and is performed by law and other graduate students enrolled in the Center’s four legal clinics.  Under faculty supervision, students provide holistic client representation in trial and appellate courts and in administrative proceedings, and collaborate with state leaders to improve child-serving systems through research-based, data-informed policies and well-crafted laws.  In these ways, the Barton Center is meeting the urgent unmet legal needs of individual child-clients while concurrently working to improve the systemic context for state intervention in families, and preparing the next generation of child advocacy professionals.

Fellowship Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Fellow will include, at a minimum:

  • Supervising students and skills training in the Center’s Policy and Legislative Advocacy Clinics and occasional teaching in related classes
  • Researching and writing articles, policy papers, or other approved writing projects of publishable quality on topics relating to children involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems
  • Providing legal, legislative, and social science research support for Center projects, trainings, and technical assistance
  • Leading and participating in ongoing advocacy efforts involving the Georgia General Assembly, state agencies, and organizational partners
  • Representing the Barton Center in advocacy coalitions, strategic partnerships, and community engagement events and activities
  • Developing independent areas of interest, consistent with the mission of the Barton Center


Priority will be given to law school graduates within three years of law school graduation who have a demonstrated interest in the field of child and family law, strong research and writing skills, and advocacy experience.  Candidates must be able to exercise independent judgment about the priority issues and critical relationships of central concern to the Barton Center; effectively manage multiple projects; communicate effectively orally and in writing, and complete assignments with minimal supervision.

This position is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Salary is competitive with other public interest fellowship opportunities. Emory University offers a competitive benefits package.

Selection Process:

Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s reasons for applying for the fellowship, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a sample of scholarly or other written work, (4) a law school transcript, (5) two letters of recommendation, and (6) the names and contact information of  individuals prepared to provide professional references.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.


For additional information, contact:

Denise Fowler, Administrative Assistant
Barton Child Law and Policy Center
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Email: denise.fowler@emory.edu
Phone: (404) 712-4643

Fax: (404) 727-7851


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