Job and Internship Opportunities



Current Openings

We are lawyers, social workers, researchers, fundraisers, volunteer managers and much more. What we all have in common is a passion for protecting the rights and improving the lives of children. In addition to staff positions, we are always looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to assist us in this work as well as internships to qualified candidates. We are interested in hearing from smart, dedicated people who share our commitment and want to make a difference.

Council for Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity employer.

Open Positions

Juvenile Defense Attorney Children’s Defense Team (Full-Time, Exempt)

Supervisor      Director of Children’s Defense Team
Department    Children’s Defense Team (CDT)

The Council for Children’s Rights is seeking to hire a full-time Juvenile Defense Attorney to join its Children’s Defense Team. The Juvenile Defense Attorney will represent children in delinquency and civil commitment matters in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 1, 2022. Applications that do not include both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

**This is a position with flexibility to work flex remote hours**


  • Represent all children, less than 18 years of age, who are facing delinquency charges or civil commitments in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court.
  • Handle cases as distributed by the Director of Children’s Defense.
  • Meet with child clients and their families to prepare for court hearings and educate children and families on issues related to the rights of children.
  • Communicate with prosecutors, juvenile court counselors, and other professionals regarding a child’s case.
  • File motions as needed.
  • Maintain highly detailed notes and record keeping in the Council for Children’s Rights database for all children represented.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications in and out of court.
  • Conduct practice in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and North Carolina law.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.


  • Juris Doctor degree must have been obtained prior to completing this application.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina in good standing at the time of completing this application.
  • Demonstrated courtroom knowledge.
  • Knowledge of current North Carolina criminal law and procedure, juvenile law, and be familiar with mental health and child welfare issues.
  • Trial experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children of all ages in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Translate legal concepts to age-appropriate language for young clients.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage workloads with minimal supervision.
  • Highly professional.

No calls, emails, or visits please. For immediate consideration, please formally apply online at this link and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.


Intern with the Council

Internships are available in the following categories: legal, policy, research, and social work. If you are interested in internships with Council for Children’s Rights, please email us.