UC Berkeley Law Research & Policy Fellow, Policy Advocacy Clinic

09 Nov 2017 11:13 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE BERKELEY LAW POLICY ADVOCACY CLINIC (PAC) is seeking to hire a Research & Policy Fellow to undertake clinic-related research on criminal justice policy reform. In particular, the fellow will work on research projects studying the impact of criminal justice debt (fines, fees and restitution) on youth in the juvenile justice system and homeless people.

In PAC, interdisciplinary teams of law and public policy students pursue high-impact, non- litigation strategies on behalf of underrepresented individuals and groups to address systemic racial, economic and social injustice in the community. PAC’s approach is bottom-up (grounded in the lives of real people), problem-based (addressing pressing social issues) and client-driven (accountable to actual organizational clients). Students learn to support change campaigns at the local, state and national level.

Under the supervision of PAC faculty, the Research & Policy Fellow will:

  • Research and write academic-quality articles or reports on clinic-related criminal justice reform;
  • Research and write white papers and opinion pieces directed at policymakers and other audiences beyond academia;
  • Organize workshops, conferences, talks, and meetings with lawyers, policymakers, and other criminal justice stakeholders;
  • Identify and manage research initiatives that intersect with and add value to clinic projects;
  • Collaborate closely with JD, MPP, PhD students and faculty on clinic projects; and
  • Speak at conferences, meetings and to the press about the research.

Minimum Qualifications Required (at the time of application):

  • Candidate must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree; OR
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent degree in Public Policy; OR
  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting and publishing high-quality quantitative and qualitative research
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal justice policy and reform
  • Interest in pursuing an academic or policy career

Application Procedure:

Please visit the following link to apply: http://apptrkr.com/1109828.

Applications must include in pdf format four (4) documents: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests, and (4) a sample of written work (such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages).

Applicants must also provide in AP Recruit the names and contact information for three (3) references.

The position will remain open until filled.

Letters of reference may be requested at a future date. References should be from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s written work and qualifications for the position. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Applicants should be prepared to begin work in early 2018. For more information about PAC, visit our website at https://www.law.berkeley.edu/experiential/clinics/policy-advocacy-clinic/.

Inquiries may be addressed to academicpositions@law.berkeley.edu.

Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


  • Berkeley, CA



  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Sample of Written Work - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages


  • 3 references required (contact information only)


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