The Legal Fellow will receive on-the-job training and work alongside the Director of Legal Advocacy in managing the Epilepsy Foundation's legal activities on civil rights issues affecting people with epilepsy. Since 2004, the Foundation has had the Jeanne A. Carpenter Legal Defense Fund, which provides information and advocacy assistance to people with epilepsy, lawyers, and others advocating on behalf of people affected in areas including employment, education, transportation, housing, access to healthcare, and criminal justice. The Fellow will have the opportunity to conduct legal research on these issues, draft legal materials, and help update legal resources, including those on the Foundation's website. This position is available for up to 14 hours per week; there is a possibility for more hours during the summer.

The selectee may telecommute. This is an unpaid internship, with a nominal stipend of $1,500 for the spring semester and $1,500 for the summer. There is no expectation of compensation, nor guarantee of employment at the end of this internship.


  • Provide legal information to consumers with legal rights questions
  • Engage in a variety of research and writing projects related to civil rights, health care policy, legislative advocacy, disability rights, and employment issues
  • Assist attorneys, the Foundation's chapters and affiliate network, and advocates in handling cases involving discrimination and epilepsy
  • Conducting research and providing assistance in the preparation of amicus briefs, draft educational materials on disability rights issues, track new developments in the law, and develop other informational resources for the Defense Fund's web site and publications

Requirements, Education, and Experience

  • Law student or recent law school graduate
  • Interest in or experience with civil rights laws for people with disabilities, including the areas of employment, education, transportation, housing, access to health care, and criminal justice
  • Legislative research and analysis skills, particularly on civil rights issues
  • Computer and database skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be a strong team player, as well as to show initiative and a desired strong interest to apply the skills learned

Special or Particular Requirements, Work Environment, and Physical Demands

  • This is an unpaid internship, with a nominal stipend to help defray expenses. There is no expectation of compensation or guarantee of employment.
  • This fellowship is available for up to 14 hours per week.
  • Telework privileges may be requested in accordance with the Epilepsy Foundation standard telework policy.
  • This fellowship must occasionally attend at least three in-person meetings in downtown Washington D.C. or Landover, MD.



Disclaimer: This document describes the position currently available. It is not an employment contract. It is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements, or working conditions. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, Epilepsy Foundation reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time, as determined by the needs of the organization.