Fellowship Program

📢 THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE MAY BE CONSIDERED AT OUR DISCRETION.

ZwillGen, a leading boutique law firm focused on the intersection of law and technology, is seeking candidates for its 2023-2024 Fellowship Program. The program presents a unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced privacy and data security lawyers representing the biggest names in technology, and it’s a great place to start your career.

Just ask former Fellows ...

"This fellowship affords young attorneys a fun chance to learn about privacy in a supportive environment. It is a great opportunity for those looking to enter the field."

Rushil Mehta, Current Fellow & Soon-to-be ZG Attorney

"The ZwillGen Fellowship is a dream job! I’ve learned so much and get to work with an amazing team of brilliant and supportive colleagues. I can’t imagine a better way to kick off a career in tech and privacy law."

Madeline Lamo, Current Fellow & Soon-to-be ZG Attorney

"The ZwillGen Fellowship is like a power-up—dare I say ‘cheat code’—for a fledgling tech attorney. Fellows gain incredible experience on the frontlines of novel tech and privacy issues and learn from brilliant colleagues who make every day a blast!"

Daniel de Zayas, Former Fellow & Current ZG Attorney

Rushil Mehta

Madeline Lamo

Daniel de Zayas

About the Fellowship

The ZwillGen Fellow position is for attorneys who have graduated from law school (or will have by June 2023), taken the bar exam (or plan to do so before or near their start date), and are new entrants into the workforce as full-time attorneys. The Fellow position is slated to last for 12 months with a salary of $100,000-$110,000, commensurate with experience. Following the 12-month Fellowship, Fellows may be invited to join ZwillGen in a full-time attorney role.

Applicants must have a zeal for all things technology and have taken some relevant classes in law school on technology-related subjects such as data privacy, cybersecurity, cyber-surveillance, AdTech, FinTech, EdTech, copyright, mobile applications, or blockchain. Experience working with a technology company, privacy or civil liberties organization, or relevant regulatory agency is a plus. Although the Firm does some copyright-related work, that is not the firm’s focus and candidates interested primarily in IP law are discouraged from applying.

ZwillGen Fellows work closely with ZwillGen attorneys on a variety of cutting edge and legally challenging Internet privacy, security, e-commerce, and surveillance issues. We provide counseling to our clients but also assist with litigation, FTC and State AG investigations, and data breaches. Because ZwillGen Fellows wear a variety of hats, we are looking for fellows that are not only able to provide high-quality legal analysis in a concise and cogent manner, but also who are motivated and enthusiastic, embrace a fast-paced and lively environment, and are eager to learn new things. A good sense of humor and a desire to work hard and have fun are a must. Fellows are expected to engage in client development, speaking and writing engagements, blogging, marketing, assisting with development of firm forms and precedent materials, and generally helping out around the firm. The Fellow billable hour requirement is set low (1,200 hours per year) to enable Fellows to have time to attend regulatory or legislative hearings, meetings and events, and to leave time for pursuit of individual areas of interest, such as writing substantive articles, or meaningfully participating in working groups created by external organizations such as the Future of Privacy Forum, CDT, IAPP, or other civil society organizations. 

How to Apply

Qualified and interested candidates should submit to fellowship@zwillgen.comat a minimum, a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and professional references. Feel free to also include something different that will make your application stand out and help demonstrate your problem-solving creativity.

Screening interviews will likely be conducted remotely, and final interviews may be conducted remotely or in person in an outdoor setting, depending on the situation in September/October 2022.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 16, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline may still be considered at our discretion.

Typically, the program is centered in ZwillGen’s Washington, D.C. office. While we also maintain offices in California, New York, and Chicago, ZwillGen will give preference to candidates who are located or willing to relocate to the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Culture

ZwillGen is not your typical law firm. We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.