Workers Defense Project

Austin, Dallas, or Houston, TX

This is the 2024 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This position has been filled.

The fellow will assist in the development of employment cases on behalf of WDP members as well as conduct legal and policy research to support WDP’s ongoing worker and immigrant justice campaigns. This includes interviewing clients and potential clients of WDP, supporting any ongoing litigation on behalf of WDP or its members, and assisting individual workers in filing and pursuing claims with administrative agencies. The fellow will be supervised by WDP’s staff attorneys, but will also likely collaborate with WDP organizing and policy advocacy staff and law clerks across the state. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment that connects legal advocacy to innovative policy and organizing initiatives. This is a hybrid position: WDP conducts its legal and organizing work in person, over the phone, and on virtual platforms.

The summer fellowship is for law students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Dates are flexible. However, they must commit to working between 10 and 12 weeks (30-40 hours/week).


  • Completed at least first year of law school;
  • Strong proficiency in both writing and speaking in Spanish (preferred);
  • Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice;
  • Interest in using the law creatively in the fight for systemic change;
  • Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people; and
  • Availability to work some evenings, as needed.

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages people of color, immigrants, women, and members of the LGBTQIA community to apply.

$7,000 stipend for the 10 week fellowship.

Address cover letter to:

Hannah Alexander
Staff Attorney
Workers Defense Project
5604 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78723