CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – JWB Singapore Spring and Summer Semester Legal Fellowships 2020

September 30, 2019
Category: Recruitment

Justice Without Borders (JWB) is welcoming applications for the Summer and Fall Semester Legal Fellowship program in its Singapore office. Only applicants currently enrolled in a local LL.B program will be considered.

Fellows will engage in legal projects on behalf of victims of labour exploitation, covering Singapore and other countries in the region. As a Fellow, you will take on an active role in one or more projects that may include: identifying and preparing cases for potential litigation, strategic legal research to support future litigation; preparing training courses for Singapore and regional audiences; and participating in evidence and caseworker trainings with our local front-line NGO partners. In addition to coordinating with partners across the region, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, you will be provided mentorship by our law firm partners.

Please note that the Fellowship is a professional engagement, with students treated as junior staff in the organization. While experience with migrant worker issues is a plus, it is not required. We are looking for students who are interested in our issue area, are self-motivated, can work in a team and are not afraid to take on new challenges outside of their comfort zone.

About JWB

JWB is a not-for-profit organisation that supports victims of labour exploitation in seeking just compensation against their abusers, even after returning home. Operating at the regional level, we work with local service organisations along key migration routes to ensure victims can access legal assistance, wherever they are.

In Singapore, JWB develops the knowledge and knowhow needed to bring cross-border litigation, working with local service organisations to screen cases for potential civil claims and with lawyers to both develop and pursue cases and conduct strategic legal research that will help clarify currently unsettled areas of the law. We have already assisted locally qualified lawyers in obtaining successful settlements for multiple clients, and we are in the process of developing newcross-border cases for clients with outstanding legal claims.

Candidate Qualifications

Time commitment

  • Spring Fellowship: 10h/week (8h/day on one weekday in JWB office and 2h/week remotely), from 13 January 2020 to 30 April 2020.
  • Summer Fellowship: Full-time (8h/day, 5days/week in JWB office), 4 May 2020 to 31 July 2020. 
  • Priority will be given to those who can commit to staying on for both Fellowships, from 13 January to 31 July 2020. 

Please note that start and end dates can be flexible, to accommodate school requirements.

Required skills

  • Fluency in English, with strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work well in a team, managing tasks assigned to the entire group;
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks with different deadlines and ability to prioritise work as needed;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Self-directed, ability to take initiative and actively address issues that come up in the flow of work;
  • Have their own laptop with Microsoft Office products and ability to communicate via web applications (email, calendar) throughout the day; and
  • Professionalism. JWB treats its Fellows as professionals and entrusts high levels of responsibility in them accordingly.

A note about the job scope

  • As we are an NGO (not a law firm), Legal Fellows will be expected to assist in administrative, logistical and non-law related tasks from time to time. 
  • We may require your presence for 2-3 hours at a time, at 1 or 2 trainings conducted on Sundays or other weekdays, during your Fellowship.

Desirable but not required skills

  • Speaking and writing ability in: Bahasa Indonesia, Malay or Tagalog;
  • Graphic design, photography, video production; and
  • Public relations, communications and/or operations. 

This is an unpaid fellowship.

To Apply

Please submit a one-page statement of interest of no more than 250 words, CV and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages to Sara La Rocca at

Applications are due on 31 October 2019. Short list candidates will be contacted by 11 November for an in-person interview.

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