Working with ELC

Summer intern Sarah Bell videotapes an ELC press conference in the Capitol.
Summer intern Sarah Bell videotapes an ELC press conference in the Capitol.

Staff Attorney Job Opening

The Education Law Center, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization founded in 1975, seeks an experienced attorney for a full-time position in our Pittsburgh, PA office. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please click here to view the entire job announcement.

Fellowship and Internship Opportunities

Postgraduate Legal Fellowships

The Education Law Center – Pennsylvania seeks to sponsor applicants for postgraduate legal fellowships to start in the Fall of 2017.  Applicants should be law students graduating in the Spring of 2017 or current law clerks and should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law.

The Education Law Center (ELC)’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all students in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by advocating on behalf of the most at-risk students — children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English Language Learners, and children experiencing homelessness. ELC employs a broad range of strategies including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, supporting community-based groups, and legislative, regulatory, and policy advocacy.

Interested candidates should send application materials (cover letter, resume, law school transcript, list of references and writing sample) to

The Education Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. 

Summer 2016 Law Student Internships

The Education Law Center invites 1Ls and 2Ls to apply for 2016 summer legal internships. Applicants should be committed to education access for all students, particularly vulnerable populations. Summer intern responsibilities include: Supporting ELC’s direct representation work through handling intake calls with clients; supporting ELC’s litigation and legislative advocacy through legal research and writing; and providing other support as needed.

Qualified applicants should: Have strong interpersonal and communication skills; strong analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills; strong legal research and writing skills; and a commitment to social justice.

Fluency in Spanish, an understanding of special education law, and/or experience working with diverse communities are valued but not required qualifications. Internships are unpaid. ELC is happy to support students applying for funding from other sources or for course credit. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis however the final deadline is January 18, 2016. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of references to Ashley C. Sawyer,

Please click here to view the entire posting as a downloadable PDF.

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Development Internship

The Education Law Center welcomes applicants who are undergraduate students interested in nonprofit development and operations in a public interest law firm. This position would work closely with the Development Associate and the Associate Director to help implement and support fundraising plans, help execute the organization’s fundraising events, and help organize and maintain our donor and foundation records.

Applicants should have an interest in the organization’s mission and be free to come to our Philadelphia office as class time and other activities allow. Experience with office software is required. This position is unpaid. ELC is happy to support students applying for funding from other sources or for course credit. Interested students should email with their availability and contact information.