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Legal Fellow, Access to Post-Secondary Education Project

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Washington, D.C., USAWashingtonD.C.USA
Temporary / Seasonal


The CSG Justice Center will hire two legal fellows to conduct state-level policy research on access to post-secondary education (including occupational training leading to a credential) for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in all 50 states. The research methods will include analyses of databases, such as the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC), LexisNexis and State Net; digital scans of policies, publications, and funding streams; and surveys and interviews.  The legal fellows will work as part of a team to inventory policies, synthesize  and track information, and identify trends and new areas of research.


Areas of Responsibility: 

Specific responsibilities of the policy associate include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gather, analyze, and code:
    • current and pending legislation on access to post-secondary education for people who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated;
    • information on state correctional policies regarding access to post-secondary education programs and credentials through online research, surveys, emails, and phone calls;
    • information on probation, parole, and state entitlement policies regarding access to post-secondary education programs and credentials for people with criminal records;
    • information on state higher education system restrictions for people with criminal records in admissions, housing, and financial aid;
    • information on the use of technology in post-secondary educational programs in state prisons;
  • Participate actively in team and division meetings.
Educational Background: 
A JD is required, although bar admission is not necessary.


  • An analytical mind and excellent research and writing skills;
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage a demanding workload.
  • Ability to synthesize and translate large amounts of information into user-friendly language;
  • Ability to think critically about policies and practices and to identify policies that may not be explicit or well-defined;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy as well as an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and as part of a team

At least one year of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice and/or higher education. Experience with legal research, including Lexis Nexis, required. 



Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, Life, Paid Holidays, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Parental Leave

Additional Information: 

Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in pdf format) with their application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One or two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

Organization Info

The Council of State Governments

Lexington KY
201-500 employees
About Us

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, often highly politicized, criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 20 2018
Active Until: 
Dec 20 2018
Hiring Organization: 
The Council of State Governments