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Careers at Public Justice

Careers at Public Justice

Public Justice offers a mission-focused work environment, a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. We provide excellent benefits, including at least three weeks of paid vacation, four-day work week, two weeks of sick leave, two personal days each year, all federal and some local holidays, employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance premiums, and a 401(k) plan.

Open Positions

Fall 2024 Legal Externs

FALL 2024 LEGAL EXTERNS with focus on Access to Justice Project, Debtors’ Prison Project, Environmental Enforcement Project, or Students’ Civil Rights Project WASHINGTON, D.C., OAKLAND, CA, or REMOTE


May 2024

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Who We Are

Public Justice is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time—abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights, and the destruction of the Earth’s sustainability. It connects high impact litigation with strategic communications and the strength of our partnerships to fight these abusive and discriminatory systems and win social and economic justice.

What We Are Looking For

Public Justice seeks to hire four legal externs for the Fall 2024 semester, one in each of our four project areas. While each extern will focus on a single project area, they may work in other project areas as need and opportunity arise. Our four project areas are:

• The Access to Justice Project seeks to make the civil court system a fair, equitable, and effective tool for those with less power to win just outcomes. Primarily through high-impact litigation, we dismantle the procedural and structural barriers between ordinary people and the civil justice system, such as forced arbitration, limits on collective actions, overly strict standing requirements, and unwarranted court secrecy.

• The Debtors’ Prison Project fights to end the criminalization of poverty and shrink the carceral system. Working with allies and impacted communities, we use litigation, advocacy, and education to ensure no one is jailed simply because they can’t pay and to stop governments and for-profit corporations from treating people impacted by the system as a revenue source.

• The Students’ Civil Rights Project combines high-impact litigation with other advocacy tools to combat harassment and other forms of discrimination in schools. We strive to create systemic change so all students can learn and thrive, and to secure justice for students who are denied educational opportunities based on their race, national origin, ethnicity, or sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

• The Environmental Enforcement Project goes to court every day to fight climate change, secure environmental justice, and make polluters pay. We utilize the most powerful tools available to citizens by enforcing our Nation’s environmental laws in state and federal court. Our experienced litigators win precedent-setting cases that result in meaningful, transformative change. We hold polluters accountable by requiring corporations to clean up their act and comply with our Nation’s environmental laws.

The externs are welcome to work in-person in either Public Justice’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., or its Oakland, California, office, subject to pandemic conditions and vaccination status. The externs may also work remotely. All externs may assist attorneys in both of Public Justice’s offices, as well as remote attorneys throughout the country.

Public Justice’s law externs research and develop new cases in conjunction with our attorneys, law fellows, and cooperating counsel. They also assist attorneys in ongoing litigation. Our law externs are involved in legal research and writing, case review, and brainstorming on theories and approaches designed to ensure that justice is achieved.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

Public Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship of immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit this link to read our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access policy statement: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access.

Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email mmediavilla@publicjustice.net.

How to Apply

These positions are open to those who can secure academic credit for their work with Public Justice. We will help students secure academic credit from their schools. Applicants must be second- or third-year law students, and 3Ls are preferred. We do not accept applications from first-year or undergraduate students.

Please submit your application to lawfellow@publicjustice.net no later than June 20, 2024. Reference the project for which you are applying in your subject line, and specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C., office, the Oakland office, or remotely. You must submit multiple applications in order to apply to more than one project. Applications should consist of two electronic files: (1) your cover letter, resume, transcript, and contact information for two references in a single .pdf file; and (2) a writing sample in another .pdf file.

For more information on Public Justice, please visit our website at www.publicjustice.net.

Access to Justice Staff Attorney

Access to Justice Project

Staff Attorney


March 2024

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Who We Are

Public Justice, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time – abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights and liberties, and the destruction of the earth’s sustainability – is seeking to hire a staff attorney with at least four years of relevant litigation experience in our Access to Justice Project.

Public Justice connects high-impact litigation with strategic communications and the strength of our partnerships to fight these abusive and discriminatory systems and win social and economic justice. In particular, we ensure access to the civil justice system, protect students’ civil rights, fight to end modern-day debtors’ prisons, enforce the nation’s most important environmental laws, and much more.

The Access to Justice Project seeks to make the civil court system a fair, equitable, and effective tool for those with less power to win just outcomes and hold those with more power accountable.

The Project challenges and removes the key inequities that block access to justice through the civil courts and creates new opportunities to make the civil courts an effective tool for equitable justice. To achieve this outcome, Access to Justice works with a network of litigators, organizations, and others who share our vision, and in partnership with them, identifies, assesses, and prioritizes key barriers and opportunities for a just and equitable civil court system.

The Access to Justice Project works toward these goals primarily through strategic high-impact litigation, but also supports coalition advocacy and works to educate and engage on these topics. The Project’s current areas of focus are combatting the use of forced arbitration, restrictive standing doctrines, excessive court secrecy, federal preemption of state-law claims, undue limitations on class actions, limits on accountability for law enforcement and detention abuses, and the narrowing of the use of disparate impact theories.

For more information about the litigation and advocacy work of the Access to Justice Project, visit our website here.

What We Are Looking For

The person selected for this position will focus on impact litigation that furthers the ability of consumers to bring certain types of federal statutory claims. That includes work in the areas of standing, class actions, and arbitration. This position has a term of three years, which may be extended at the end of the term depending on funding.

This is an exempt position and reports to the Director of the Access to Justice Project. Our strong preference is for this position to be based in our Washington D.C. office, but we will consider applications from especially qualified candidates seeking to work in our Oakland, CA, office or remotely from other parts of the country. Because Public Justice handles litigation, education, and advocacy nationally, the position will entail some travel.

Key Responsibilities:

Serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in the investigation and development of impact litigation that furthers the relevant strategic goals of the Access to Justice Project and the mission of Public Justice.
Participate in the full range of litigation tasks involved in the Access to Justice Project, primarily legal research and analysis, briefing, and oral arguments, client representation, and, occasionally, factual investigation, discovery, and settlement negotiation.
Review requests for representation and develop appropriate cases, appeals, amicus briefs, and special legal projects.
Develop and engage in a broad range of legal advocacy through and outside the courts (including drafting and reviewing legislation; drafting rulemaking petitions, comments to agencies, letters, fact sheets and other materials; and participating in meetings and events). regarding the relevant Access to Justice Project’s advocacy priorities.
Participate in developing and implementing a communications plan to educate lawmakers, trial lawyers, grassroots supporters, and others about the barriers hindering access to and effective use of civil courts.
Build networks and collaborate with allies to fight corporate and governmental abuses and ensure a robust and equitable civil court system.
Participate in strategic planning and other planning initiatives for the Access to Justice Project.
Supervise legal fellows, externs, and law clerks engaged in relevant Access to Justice projects as needed.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications

J.D. degree and at least four years of relevant litigation experience, which can include a clerkship or fellowship.
Excellent analytical, writing, and speaking skills and the ability to modulate writing and speaking style for different types of audiences.
Excellent outreach and networking skills.
Litigation experience with progressively increasing responsibilities for case management.
Ability to juggle multiple tasks at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.
Self-motivation and proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to develop a long-range plan and to set intermediate goals towards achieving those long-range objectives, including the ability to be flexible and shift goals as necessary.
Familiarity with, or interest in and ability to quickly gain familiarity with, the Access to Justice Project’s areas of substantive focus.
Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of, and ability to work well with, individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow-through.
Strong organizational skills.
Healthy sense of outrage and desire to change the world for the better.

Salary

We offer a mission-focused work environment, a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. Our attorneys are paid on a salary scale based on years out of law school. The annual salary for a staff attorney who is four years out of law school is $99,000.

Benefits

Four-day work week
Flexible schedule
Three weeks of paid vacation
Two weeks of sick leave
Two personal days each year
All federal holidays and some local holidays off (Public Justice acknowledges there are various religious and cultural holidays that are important to our team. We encourage team members to take any days necessary for observing holidays and celebrations that are central to their faith tradition or communities.)
Employer-sponsored health plan
401 (k) plan

How to Apply

Your application should consist of two electronic files:

(1) Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives. Please specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C. office, the Oakland, CA office, or remotely.
(1) Resume.
(1) Law school transcript (official or unofficial).
(1) Contact information for three references.
Separate PDF file of (2) Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum unedited or only lightly edited by another, including a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by Thursday, May 2, 2024, at which point applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit both files to staffattorney@publicjustice.net with the subject line: “A2J Staff Attorney.” For more information, please visit our website at www.publicjustice.net.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

We recognize that creating a truly equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re proud and excited to share our journey with you. Please read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, available here.

Public Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship of immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email mmediavilla@publicjustice.net. 

Studies have shown that members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in a job description, despite the reality that applicants rarely ever meet 100% of the qualifications. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and are most interested in finding the best candidate for the role. That candidate may come from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay! We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

2025 Legal Fellowships

Environmental Enforcement Project Legal Fellowship

Sponsorship for Environmental Enforcement Project

Legal Fellowship Starting Fall 2025

Washington, DC, Oakland, CA, or Remote


May 2024

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Public Justice is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time–abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights, and the destruction of the Earth’s sustainability. It connects high impact litigation with strategic communications and the strength of our partnerships to fight these abusive and discriminatory systems and win social and economic justice.

Our Environmental Enforcement Project (EEP) invites rising third‐year law students and law graduates to apply for an opportunity to work with us as a legal fellow on cutting-edge litigation and advocacy related to access to the civil court system. We seek to host a candidate to apply for one‐ or two‐year public interest fellowships from funders such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst to begin in the fall of 2025.

Overview of Environmental Enforcement Project

The Environmental Enforcement Project is a national leader in using citizen suits to enforce federal statutes protecting environmental quality and human health. Our clients and partners include prominent and recognized advocates such as The Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center, The Center for Biological Diversity, and others, as well as labor unions and community organizations.

For more information about the litigation and advocacy work of the Environmental Enforcement Project, visit our website here.

The Fellowship

Consistent with their funded project, the Fellow would work on litigation and advocacy with EEP’s attorneys, as well as a network of lawyers who collaborate on Public Justice’s work, other public interest groups, and our communications staff. The Fellow would also be responsible for conducting intakes and helping develop materials to educate the public and the bar about their work. We are particularly interested in hosting a Fellow whose focus is on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Clean Water Act enforcement, and oil and offshore gas and exploration. This is an exempt position and will report to a Senior Attorney or Staff Attorney. We will work closely

with the selected candidate to craft an appropriate project proposal for fellowship applications. Employment is contingent upon the receipt of funding from Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or a similar funder in an amount no less than $50,000 per year.

Qualifications

• J.D. degree (by Fall 2025).

• Admission to a state bar or pending admission by Fall 2025.

• Excellent analytical, legal research, legal writing, and speaking skills.

• Litigation experience (e.g., from internships, clinics, or clerkships).

• Ability to juggle multiple tasks at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.

• Self-motivation and proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of, and ability to work well with, individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

• Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow-through.

• Strong organizational skills.

• Healthy sense of outrage and desire to change the world for the better.

• Experience in civil litigation is preferred.

• Willingness to travel on occasion.

Salary

We offer a mission-focused work environment, a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. Our attorneys are paid on a salary scale based on years out of law school. The annual salary for an attorney who is less than a year out of law school is $84,000.

Benefits

• Four-day work week

• Flexible schedule

• Three weeks of paid vacation

• Two weeks of sick leave

• Two personal days each year

• All federal holidays and some local holidays off (Public Justice acknowledges there are various religious and cultural holidays that are important to our team. We encourage team members to take any days necessary for observing holidays and celebrations that are central to their faith tradition or communities.)

• Employer-sponsored health plan

• 401 (k) plan

How to Apply

Your application should consist of two electronic files:

(1) Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives. Please specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C. office, the Oakland, CA office, or remotely.

(1) Resume.

(1) Law school transcript (official or unofficial).

(1) Contact information for three references.

Separate PDF file of (2) Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum unedited or only lightly edited by another, including a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.

Please send your application to lawfellow@publicjustice.net. Reference “2025 EEP Fellowship” in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by Friday, June 14, 2024 at which point applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

We recognize that creating a truly equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re proud and excited to share our journey with you. Please read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, available here.

Public Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship of immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email mmediavilla@publicjustice.net.

Studies have shown that members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in a job description, despite the reality that applicants rarely ever meet 100% of the qualifications. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and are most interested in finding the best candidate for the role. That candidate may come from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay! We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Access to Justice Legal Fellowship

Sponsorship for Access to Justice Legal Fellowship

Starting Fall 2025

Washington, DC, Oakland, CA, or Remote


May 2024

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Public Justice is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time–abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights, and the destruction of the earth’s sustainability. It connects high impact litigation with strategic communications and the strength of our partnerships to fight these abusive and discriminatory systems and win social and economic justice.

Our Access to Justice (A2J) Project invites rising thirdyear law students and law graduates to apply for an opportunity to work with us as a legal fellow on cutting-edge litigation and advocacy related to access to the civil court system. We seek to host a candidate to apply for oneor twoyear public interest fellowships from funders such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst to begin in the fall of 2025.

Overview of Access to Justice Project

The Access to Justice Project (A2J) seeks to make the civil court system a fair, equitable, and effective tool for those with less power to win just outcomes and hold those with more power accountable.

The Project challenges and removes the key inequities that block access to justice through the civil courts and creates new opportunities to make the civil courts an effective tool for equitable justice. To achieve this outcome, Access to Justice works with a network of litigators, organizations, and others who share our vision, and in partnership with them, identifies, assesses, and prioritizes key barriers and opportunities for a just and equitable civil court system.

The Access to Justice Project works toward these goals primarily through strategic high-impact litigation, but also supports coalition advocacy and works to educate and engage on these topics. The Project’s current areas of focus are combatting the use of forced arbitration, restrictive standing doctrines, excessive court secrecy, federal preemption of state-law claims, undue limitations on class actions, limits on accountability for law enforcement and detention abuses, and the narrowing of the use of disparate impact theories.

For more information about the litigation and advocacy work of the Access to Justice Project, visit our website here.

The Fellowship

Consistent with their funded project, the Fellow would work on litigation and advocacy with A2J’s staff attorneys, as well as a network of lawyers who collaborate on Public Justice’s work, other public interest groups, and our communications staff. The Fellow would also be responsible for conducting intakes and helping develop materials to educate the public and the bar about their work. We are particularly interested in hosting a Fellow whose project focuses on our work fighting excessive court secrecy—that is, overbroad protective and sealing orders that keep important information from the public. You can read more about that work here. This is an exempt position and will report to a Senior Attorney or Staff Attorney. We will work closely with the selected candidate to craft an appropriate project proposal for fellowship applications. Employment is contingent upon the receipt of funding from Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or a similar funder in an amount no less than $50,000 per year.

Qualifications

• J.D. degree (by Fall 2025).

• Admission to a state bar or pending admission by Fall 2025.

• Excellent analytical, legal research, legal writing, and speaking skills.

• Litigation experience (e.g., from internships, clinics, or clerkships).

• Ability to juggle multiple tasks at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.

• Self-motivation and proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of, and ability to work well with, individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

• Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow-through.

• Strong organizational skills.

• Healthy sense of outrage and desire to change the world for the better.

• Experience in civil litigation is preferred.

• Willingness to travel on occasion.

Salary

We offer a mission-focused work environment, a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. Our attorneys are paid on a salary scale based on years out of law school. The annual salary for an attorney who is less than a year out of law school is $84,500.

Benefits

• Four-day work week (30-hour work week)

• Flexible schedule

• Three weeks of paid vacation

• Two weeks of sick leave

• Two personal days each year

• All federal holidays and some local holidays off (Public Justice acknowledge there are various religious and cultural holidays that are important to our team. We encourage team members to take any days necessary for observing holidays and celebrations that are central to their faith tradition or communities.)

• Employer-sponsored health plan

• 401 (k) plan

How to Apply

Your application should consist of two electronic files:

(1) Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives, and well as any ideas or vision you have for your project. Please specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C. office, the Oakland, CA office, or remotely.

(1) Resume.

(1) Law school transcript (official or unofficial).

(1) Contact information for three references.

Separate PDF file of (2) Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum unedited or only lightly edited by another, including a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.

Please send your application to lawfellow@publicjustice.net. Reference “2025 A2J Fellowship” in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by Friday, June 14, 2024 at which point applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

We recognize that creating a truly equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re proud and excited to share our journey with you. Please read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, available here.

Public Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship of immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email mmediavilla@publicjustice.net.

Studies have shown that members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in a job description, despite the reality that applicants rarely ever meet 100% of the qualifications. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and are

most interested in finding the best candidate for the role. That candidate may come from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay! We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Request for Proposals

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Training Services

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Training Services


March 2024

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Public Justice is presently seeking an experienced and responsive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Trainer/Practitioner to further assist in developing and supporting the organization’s DEIA work and related initiatives.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal by reviewing the instructions and guidelines as cited in the attached Request For Proposals. The deadline for submission is April 29, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST. To learn more about Public Justice, visit our website at www.publicjustice.net

Public Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We value and promote diversity. Applications are invited regardless of race, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Click here to view our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy. 

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance submitting your application for employment online or need any accommodations, please email LHughes@publicjustice.net. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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