The Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law

The Zubrow Fellowship provides an opportunity to engage in a wide variety of advocacy efforts on behalf of youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Zubrow Fellows are involved in litigation, legislative efforts, training, and policy work on issues ranging from the rights of dependent youth aging out of the foster care system to the needs of youth held in facilities. The Zubrow Fellows are exposed to all aspects of Juvenile Law Center's work, which includes responding to opportunities that arise through cases, crises and collaborations. As a result, much of the Fellows' work is determined by the nature of the opportunities that arise during their tenure. 

Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity both internally and in our advocacy work. We recognize the urgency and necessity of actively building and supporting diverse leadership at Juvenile Law Center and in the field more broadly. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. Applicants working to advance equity and who identify with these impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.  



The Zubrow Fellowship is a two-year fellowship. The Fellow will be provided with an annual salary of $52,000, plus health care benefits, disability insurance and life insurance. In addition, Juvenile Law Center provides loan repayment assistance of up to $10,000 per year toward payment of qualified education debt. See Zubrow FAQs for more information on what loans are eligible and how the award is calculated and taxed. 


Eligibility & Selection

Please note that eligibility criteria has recently expanded.

Zubrow Fellows are emerging leaders who graduated law school within two years prior to beginning the Fellowship. Applicants for the 2020-2022 Zubrow Fellowship should have graduated or anticipate graduating law school or a dual degree program in law between 2018-2020. There is no restriction on what an applicant who has already graduated has chosen to do in the year or less since graduating.  Individual questions about eligibility should be addressed to  


In general, applicants will be judged on the extent to which they possess the vision, drive, and skills required to create and sustain work to further Juvenile Law Center's mission. The Zubrow Fellowship is intended to help build the field of child advocacy by identifying and cultivating talented, dedicated individuals so that they can go on to be leaders in the field. Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity and recognizes the urgency and necessity of building and supporting diverse leadership in the field of child advocacy. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. The Zubrow Fellowship is designed for emerging leaders; as such, no prior post-graduate work experience is required. 

Selection Process:

Applications for the 2020-2022 Zubrow Fellowship are due 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, September 20, 2019. For more information on the application and selection process, please see the Zubrow FAQs. The Fellow will be expected to begin the fellowship in September of the following year. 

Important dates: 

  • Application due: third Friday of September  
  • Applicants notified if they are selected for a first-round Skype interview: second Friday in October 
  • Applicants notified if they are a finalist for the Fellowship: By Nov. 1 
  • Final interview with panel of experts, in Philadelphia:  third Monday in November 

Materials for Submission:

Applicants must submit the application form, resume, law school transcript, essay responses, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. For more information on how to apply, see Zubrow FAQs

Download the application

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion 

Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.  

Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.  

Juvenile Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.