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Careers & Internships

Established in 2001, the ILF is a leading global advocate for the right to counsel. Our mission is to make justice a reality for poor people by fighting to guarantee high-quality legal representation for everyone arrested or detained. Around the world, we provide criminal defense services and build sustainable, effective legal aid institutions. 


Headquartered in New York, the ILF currently has programs in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, and Tunisia. We work with ministries of justice, bar associations, lawyers, prosecutors, and police to expand access to justice for vulnerable people. 


By bringing international criminal defense experts together with local lawyers to provide professional mentorship and exchange, the ILF is building a new generation of public defenders. 

Use your passion and skills to fight for justice around the world. Join our team! 

Job Openings

International Fellows

We are always seeking experienced criminal justice lawyers and social workers to participate in our international fellows program. Click here for more details. 

We are most urgently in need of fellows with one or more of the following qualifications: 

  1. Sharia law experts to remotely mentor our Afghanistan colleagues

  2. Public defenders with experience in civil and administrative matters (especially family law and immigration) to be in-country Fellows in Georgia

  3. Juvenile justice and gender specialists to mentor and support our program teams in developing expertise in representing women and children in conflict with the law (remote and in-country opportunities)

  4. Fellows (Lawyers and Social Workers) who speak the local language of our country offices: Arabic, French, Dari, Pashto, Georgian, Nepalese, Burmese


No current vacancies.


The ILF's Global Legal Internship Program - Accepting applications on a rolling basis for Fall 2023

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