Graduate Fellow

The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy (ITLP, a collaboration between UCLA School of Law and the Samueli School of Engineering) and UCLA Law’s COVID Behind Bars Data Project are now accepting applications for a Graduate Fellow with a target start date of September 2022. The fellow will further the mission of ITLP and COVID Behind Bars Data Project by engaging in cutting-edge and high-quality research and analysis related to the intersection of law and technology, with a particular emphasis on transparency and public oversight of carceral institutions.

As a collaboration between new UCLA programs, ITLP and COVID Behind Bars Data Project are keen to onboard a Graduate Fellow with fresh ideas about areas of engagement, and we are hopeful that the candidate will lead on implementing at least one significant project, of their own devising, through their time here. The Graduate Fellow’s project will explore the application of open data and open governance values and standards to the historically opaque and hard-to-understand world of US prisons and jails, and the role of technology in facilitating open and public oversight of these structures. The candidate will also provide research and writing support to other ITLP and COVID Behind Bars faculty and will contribute to self-published reports, academic articles, public comments, amicus briefs and other work. The position will be for one year and will be based in Los Angeles, California.  

The target salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000.

Required qualifications include the following:

  • JD degree. Dual degree in a technical or scientific field, especially engineering or one involving quantitative social science, would be a significant bonus.
  • Ability to perform comprehensive legal (and technical, if appropriate) research and analysis and produce analytical reports on their findings. Strong research skills and experience.
  • Experience with or exposure to large, complex datasets and using R or another programming language to manipulate data and draw insights.
  • Demonstrated experience with or substantive knowledge of issues related to the intersection of law, quantitative data, and the criminal legal system.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce the highest-caliber legal research and writing.
  • Excellent skill in speaking effectively and persuasively to individuals and groups.
  • Initiative and good judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in written, verbal, or electronic formats to be understood by various audiences (academic and non-scholarly participants).
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of law and technology, and criminal legal system communities both in Los Angeles and nationwide.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill job responsibilities.

To apply, please submit an application at https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84852  with a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, resume, and list of references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


The UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project is looking for volunteers to help us track and analyze COVID-19 infections and deaths in prisons and jails.

We welcome volunteers of all ages. We ask our volunteers for a minimum commitment of 4 hours a week for at least 6 consecutive weeks, but we are also open to alternatives. If you are interested in joining us, please email Project Coordinator Anna Norkett at norkett2024@lawnet.ucla.edu with your availability and a short description of why you want to volunteer with the Project.

The UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project values equity and inclusion and encourages a diversity of candidates from various backgrounds to contact us. We especially welcome the participation of people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system.