Legal Innovation Fellow

Corporate Accountability Lab


  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Salary: $2,500 stipend for 3 months ($7,500 total)
  • Closing Date: 19/04/2019

CAL’s new Legal Innovation Fellowship program is a three-month experience, allowing you to research and develop your own strategies for human rights and environmental accountability in global supply chains, in a supportive and risk-tolerant environment. In our pilot program, four fellows will be housed in CAL’s Legal Design Lab in Chicago. Each fellow will receive $2500 per month ($7500 total).

Each fellow will propose a project, which we will assess through a three-step process: (1) fellows will submit applications explaining their idea and qualifications; (2) a group of finalists will be contacted for interviews; and (3) as necessary, CAL staff will present finalist ideas to relevant advisors, pro bono partners and other colleagues to assist in final determinations.

CAL will create an innovation-friendly environment for the fellows, including through (1) creativity-generating activities; (2) providing fellows with opportunities for leadership within the office; (3) providing fellows with access to outside experts, trainings, online research subscriptions and libraries, and professional development; and (4) giving fellows opportunities to promote their research, including through blogs, conferences and webinars.

Graduates of the Fellowship will be part of a growing network of innovators, and will have opportunities to collaborate with CAL and others through our Brain Trust network of pro bono attorneys.


While the Innovation Fellowship focuses on legal innovation, non-lawyers with relevant training or experience will be considered. We are particularly interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds (including with experiences in diverse areas of law), those with supply chain expertise, and those with personal or professional connections to Global South organizations and communities. While a relevant advanced degree is a plus, it is not required.

Applicants should be comfortable collaborating with other fellows and CAL staff, reporting on their research, receiving and responding to feedback, and engaging in non-research activities including artistic activities, escape rooms, and physical activities to the extent they are able.

Non-U.S. citizens must have permission to work in the United States. Fellows will be issued a 1099 in January of the year following their fellowship, and fellows are responsible for all applicable taxes.


J.D., other relevant advanced degrees, or commensurate experience in a related field.


The application process opens in March, and final decisions will be made in June. Fellowships begin in late summer/early fall, with some flexibility on start dates.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the position and how to apply please follow Link to Job.