Employment Opportunities



The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) will host one to two deferred/ displaced law firm associates as full time Staff Attorneys for a one-year period. The Staff Attorney positions are offered in response to law firm programs allowing associates to defer their start date or work away from the law firm for one year. This is an exciting opportunity to gain significant legal experience at a unique public interest organization. The Staff Attorney will be given substantial responsibility, independence, and the opportunity to do unique, groundbreaking work. CHLP seeks motivated leaders with excellent legal research and writing skills, the ability to organize and motivate others, and an interest in human rights, racial justice, and issues affecting women, the LGBT community, and youth.

Staff Attorney opportunities include work on one of CHLP's Initiatives as well as numerous other projects aimed at supporting the advocacy needs of people living with HIV.

Staff Attorney Requirements: The applicant must have the ability to conduct thorough and accurate legal research independently, the ability to analyze and communicate complex arguments, and excellent legal writing skills. The applicant must have the ability to organize and mobilize coalitions of advocates to effect change, and an interest in one or more of the following: HIV issues, women's rights, LGBT rights, youth rights, racial justice, disability rights, human rights, and health law. Participation in a law firm's deferral program is required. 

To apply for a Staff Attorney position, please send the following to Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director, at employment@hivlawandpolicy.org with the subject heading "Deferred Staff Attorney Position":

  • Cover letter describing your interest, your experience, and why you would be a good fit for the Staff Attorney position. Please also include your funding source;
  • Resume; and
  • Writing sample.

​Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants with approaching deadlines should highlight that information in their application so that we can ensure timely consideration. While we are currently offering a one-year position, we are flexible within that general range. Start dates are also flexible, but we prefer that candidates start at the end of the summer or beginning of fall.




The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to advancing fairness, equality, and diversity in both its work and its workplace. We strongly encourage applications from all communities, including persons of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Highly qualified candidates needing a flexible/part-time schedule will be considered. For more information, please see CHLP's Equal Opportunity Policy.