The Institute for Justice offers a variety of opportunities for elite law, graduate and undergraduate students to contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge constitutional litigation and advocacy work throughout the year. Read below to find out how you can contribute to IJ’s mission to expand individual liberty while gaining unparalleled professional experience.
The Institute for Justice selects only the brightest liberty-minded law students from across the country to participate in its summer, fall and spring semester clerkship programs. IJ offers an unparalleled opportunity for law students to engage in cutting-edge constitutional litigation. Through IJ’s clerkship program, law students have the opportunity to substantively contribute to active litigation, work closely with leading constitutional litigators and help IJ prepare for future ground-breaking litigation.
The Institute for Justice recruits only the most talented law students from across the country for its summer clerkship program. The program offers an unparalleled professional opportunity to substantively contribute to active and future strategic litigation in both state and federal courts. During their summer clerkships, law students work closely with IJ attorneys to develop litigation strategies and assist in the nuts and bolts of cutting-edge civil rights litigation, including propounding and responding to discovery requests, drafting motions and briefs, and preparing for hearings.
Past assignments have included:
IJ is committed to ensuring that law students get the most out of their summer clerkships and leave the summer better prepared for their legal careers. Attorneys will work closely with law students to set and achieve goals for the summer, including working on specific projects and cases. Through IJ’s mentorship program, law students will receive both feedback and guidance on their work throughout the summer.
In addition to participating in IJ’s cutting-edge constitutional litigation, IJ clerks benefit from a summer packed with valuable opportunities to network with and learn from the country’s leading liberty advocates, policymakers and practitioners through IJ’s Summer Speakers Series and Public Interest Law Student Conference, the latter of which is an all-expenses paid weekend dedicated to training future liberty litigators.
IJ also hosts a number of social events throughout the summer that give clerks the opportunity to bond with one another and IJ attorneys and staff. Activities vary from office to office but have included monthly in-house happy hours, bowling nights, local Major League Baseball games, visits to local breweries and distilleries, and tours of the United States Supreme Court.
How to Apply
To apply, please click on the “Apply Now” link below or go to the employment opportunities page. Questions may be directed to IJ’s student programs assistant at email@example.com. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
IJ accepts summer clerks at each of its office locations. To learn more about each office, click on the different office locations below.
Students in law schools near our offices are encouraged to take advantage of our semester clerkships. We accept applications on a rolling basis and conduct interviews in August for the fall semester and throughout November and December for the following spring semester. Applications for our Spring 2018 Clerkship will open soon.
The Institute for Justice seeks highly motivated undergraduate students interested in the legal field to join IJ as litigation interns. The litigation internship is an unparalleled opportunity to gain exposure to the inner workings of a leading national public interest law firm before you have even entered law school. Litigation interns receive substantive projects throughout their time at IJ. Most are accepted for the summer semester, during which they work full time alongside the summer law clerks at IJ’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and are invited to participate in all of the summer programming and activities offered to the law clerks.
Past litigation interns have worked on a variety of assignments, all aiding the litigation team or the student programs assistant. Types of past assignments completed have included:
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample. Questions may be directed to IJ’s student programs assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and open in early spring.
The Institute for Justice seeks highly motivated undergraduate students with an interest in social science and policy research to join IJ as paid strategic research interns. IJ’s strategic research program is a unique initiative combining high-quality social science and policy research with IJ’s cutting-edge litigation. The ideal candidate has facility in mining online databases and data sources, the ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets, and persistence and good judgment in soliciting information and data from state and non-profit agencies.
Types of past assignments completed have included:
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample. Questions may be directed to IJ’s student programs assistant at email@example.com. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and will open in early spring.
The Institute for Justice seeks trustworthy, detail-oriented individuals to assist with back-end development operations beginning after Thanksgiving through mid-January. Development interns will help process donations during the busiest time of year for IJ’s development department and will get an inside look at how a $24 million nonprofit manages fundraising operations.
This is a great opportunity for students who can commit to at least a month of work and who are looking to earn extra money during school vacations. The development interns will gain valuable experience in a fun, fast-paced office environment and help to support the mission of IJ. Interns will receive $15/hour and scheduling is flexible.
How to Apply
Please email Megan Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume, available dates and hours, and how you heard about the position. The closing date for this position is November 15th, 2017.
The Institute for Justice seeks paid interns for its Maffucci Fellowship program, which offers unique experience on the front lines of the fight for liberty. Fellows work closely with IJ’s activism and coalitions team, assisting with exciting research projects, helping track controversies and legislation across the country, and providing valuable administrative support to staff on a variety of tasks.
The duration of the Maffucci Fellowship is flexible, although preference is given to applicants seeking a year-long opportunity. Shorter terms are considered on a case-by-case basis, with a minimum of three months required. Undergraduates should attempt to obtain academic credit for their work. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should possess exceptional writing skills, be attentive to detail and have a strong commitment to individual freedom, as well as an interest in property rights, free speech issues, educational choice and economic liberty.