Tennessee Justice Fellowship

The Justice Fellowship program gives recent college graduates a unique opportunity to help low-income Tennessee families access health care coverage and food security by interviewing and supporting clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, identifying systemic issues in need of change, building relationships with community organizations, and providing technical assistance to partners.  The fellowship is a full-time position for two years.  Fellows work closely with TJC attorneys and advocates.

The program includes significant professional development opportunities and is designed to train future leaders in law, public policy, health care, and health and nutrition advocacy. Fellows will be a part of the client advocacy team.  This team helps individuals trying to access necessary food and health support and aims to identify and address systemic issues facing Tennesseans in accessing the basic necessities of life.

The Tennessee Justice Center, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. TJC uses the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity.  Past TJC staff and fellows have gone on to attend top law schools, become partners at the nation’s most prestigious firms, and work at the highest levels of government and nonprofits.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree completed by June 2020 or within the last 2 years;
  • Demonstrated interest in health, nutrition, law, or other social service/justice work;
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills;
  • Organized and detail-oriented;
  • Flexible team player;
  • 2020 Fellows should be available to start between July 15 and August 1 of 2020, and should be available through June/July of 2022.


  • The fellowship offers salary, health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, and paid holidays.
  • TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions:

  • Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2-4 page writing sample to jobs@tnjustice.org with “Tennessee Justice Fellowship” in the subject line. These application materials must be submitted in asingle PDF file.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed directly by the recommender to the same email address.
  • Applications for the 2020-2022 Fellowships are due by Friday, March 13, 2020.
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