Namati is dedicated to placing the power of law in the hands of people.
For billions of people around the world, the law is broken. It’s an abstraction — or worse, a threat — but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights.
Namati is building a global movement of grassroots advocates who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. These “barefoot lawyers” form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.
In the past four years, Namati and our partners have worked with over 65,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.
About Fellowships in Legal Empowerment at Namati
Throughout the year, Namati seeks current and recently graduated law and graduate students to join our team as fellows, with potential placements in Sierra Leone, India, Myanmar, Mozambique, and the United States (Washington, DC).
Our fellowships provide a range of opportunities to support Namati’s diverse global portfolio of legal empowerment projects. While most opportunities are pre-outlined and based on current organizational need, we also consider proposals for tailored projects on a selective, case-by-case basis and will work with shortlisted applicants to further develop ideas.
We’d love to hear from you.
Past fellows at Namati have tackled projects like the following:
- Working with the Global Programs and Sierra Leone teams, supported communities in rural Sierra Leone in negotiating a lease agreement with a foreign palm oil company by researching potential lease provisions that would prevent and mitigate environmental harm.
- Supported Global Network members in Nigeria and Argentina who led the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Implementation project by drafting research/policy papers for meetings and researching various government entities and engagement strategies.
- Conducted desk research around referral networks for large-scale development cases involving international financing.
- Assisted Lawyers for Resource Justice (LRJ) directly with case intake and management.
Pending existing legal eligibility, the fellows can either work out of one of our offices in Washington, DC; New Delhi, India; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Yangon, Myanmar; Maputo, Mozambique; or we will also consider remote working arrangements on a case by case basis.
Compensation & Fellowship Lengths
Namati’s Fellowships are part or full-time positions requiring a minimum of 12 weeks’ commitment (we are flexible with start dates).
Please note at this time we are only able to accept applications from individuals whose fellowship will be paid for through independent fellowship funding.
While we do recognize that interested interns/fellows may approach us during the process of actively applying for external sources of funding, due to the high volume of interest in our opportunities we look for our finalists to demonstrate that they can be resourceful and creative in securing funding and will not make excessive requests of our teams for support.
Namati accepts applications and proposals year-round from current law and graduate students and recent graduates. Please complete our online application form, ensuring you submit a CV, a recent writing sample, and letter of interest indicating your proposed project scope and location.
Please note we strongly prefer for your application materials (cover letter, CV, and writing samples) to be uploaded in one PDF.