JWB Summer to Winter Legal Fellowships 2020

Justice Without Borders (JWB) is welcoming applications for the Summer, Fall & Winter Semester Legal Fellowship programme 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.  Applications are due on 30 April 2020.

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 may 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 organisation. 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 Justice Without Borders

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JWB is a not-for-profit organisation that supports migrant worker victims to seek compensation after they return home. We connect victims with pro bono lawyers, facilitate lawsuits against bad actors, conduct workshops on evidence collection and publish cutting-edge strategic legal research. We have offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

In Singapore, JWB develops the networks, knowledge and know-how needed to bring cross-border litigation. We work 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 assisted locally qualified lawyers in obtaining successful settlements for multiple clients, and we are in the process of developing new cross-border cases for clients with outstanding legal claims.


Candidate Qualifications

Time commitment

  • Summer Fellowship:  Full-time (8hr/day, 4 days/week in JWB office), 15 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.
  • Fall Fellowship: 13hr/week (8hr/day on one weekday in JWB office and 5hr/week remotely) from 15 July 2020 to 4 December 2020.
  • Winter Fellowship: 13hr/week (8hr/day on one weekday in JWB office and 5hr/week remotely), from 23 November 2020 to 31 January 2021.

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

Required skills

  • Fluency in English, wit h 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 or photography skills

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 our Head of Office, Jun Yin Tan at junyin@forjusticewithoutborders.org.

Applications are due on 15 April 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 April for an in-person interview.

For more information, visit our website at www.forjusticewithoutborders.org and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/forjusticewithoutborders.