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First Amendment Fellow, New York Times

The New York Times Company is currently accepting applications for the one-year paid First Amendment Fellowship in its legal department. The fellow manages The Times’s freedom of information docket, which covers a range of subjects of interest to our journalists, including national security, police brutality, political corruption, governmental abuses of power, and drug regulation. 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, litigating court-access cases, and handling intellectual property matters.

The position, which will have a start date of early September 2023, is designed to be a learning and work experience for a lawyer early in their career or a 2023 law school graduate with a serious interest in media law and First Amendment issues. The salary is $100,000 plus benefits.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding academic record, excellent writing skills, a demonstrated interest in the field, and the ability to work well with others and under pressure. The position is based in New York. It 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.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter as a single PDF on or before September 6, 2022.

Minimum Qualifications: J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. school of law and admission to the New York State Bar by or before January 2024.