Calling for Applications: Singapore Legal Fellowship – Spring 2019

January 9, 2019
Category: Recruitment


Justice Without Borders: Singapore Legal Fellowship Spring 2019

Justice Without Borders (JWB) is welcoming applications for the Spring Legal Fellowship programme in its Singapore office. We are looking for applicants currently enrolled in a local LL.B program. Applications are due at 3pm on Friday January 18th 2018. Please click here for more information.

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; participating in evidence and caseworker trainings with our local front-line NGO partners and undertaking research to inform our increased engagement in the Philippines. You will also have the opportunity to coordinate with partners across the region, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, among others.

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

SG Summer PR Fellow 2018

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 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

  • 10h/week (8h/day on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in JWB office and 2h/week remotely), from 21 January 2019 to 10 May 2019.

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 or Malaya, Mandarin, or Tagalog;
  • Graphic design, photography, video production

This is an unpaid fellowship.

To Apply

Please submit a one-page cover letter, CV and a writing sample of no more than ten (10) pages to Shalini Jayaraj at

Applications are due at 3pm on Friday January 18th 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a phone interview between 4pm and 7pm on the same day.

Questions about the Fellowship? E-mail us today.