First Amendment Fellow

The New York Times
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 21

Position description

The New York Times Company is currently taking applications for a one-year paid First Amendment Fellowship in The New York Times legal department.  The fellow functions as an associate in The Times legal department, assisting our in-house legal team in litigating freedom-of-information and court-access cases that cover a range of subjects of interest to our journalists, from national security and law enforcement to political corruption and financial fraud.  The fellow also assists on a variety of other matters: defending libel suits, responding to newsgathering-related subpoenas, vetting articles in pre-publication review, advising our journalists and editors on the law of newsgathering, and handling intellectual property matters. 


The position, which will have a start date of early September 2020, is designed to be both a learning and work experience for a new lawyer or 2020 law school graduate with a serious interest in media law and First Amendment issues. The salary is $90,000 plus benefits.


The ideal candidate will have an outstanding academic record, excellent writing skills, a demonstrated interest in the field, an understanding of digital media, and the ability to work under deadline pressure.  The position is for a set one-year term and will not lead to continuing employment with The Times, but it is designed to develop future media lawyers.  Preference will be given to those who are serving or have served as judicial clerks.  Admission to the New York bar by or before January 2021 is required.


Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email on or before September 15, 2019 [VIA THE JOB PORTAL].


Minimum Qualifications: J.D. or L.L.M. degree from an accredited U.S. school of law and admission to the New York State Bar by or before January 2020.


Benefits and Perks:

  • Support our original, independent and reported journalism.
  • We provide great health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families
  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.
  • We offer a great parental leave.
  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning supported by a formal mentoring program as well as $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by newsmakers and industry leaders.
  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.


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