The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is the country’s leading public-interest law firm in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights and educational choice. Our attorneys work on cutting-edge constitutional cases, fight to end government abuses in key areas such as civil forfeiture and qualified immunity, and champion individual rights.
We are currently recruiting our next class of Litigation Fellows to join us in September 2024. We are looking for passionate and entrepreneurial attorneys with 0-3 years of experience to join our headquarters office in Arlington, VA. This Fellowship, formerly known as our Law and Liberty Fellowship, is IJ’s preferred path for recent graduates or post-clerkship candidates with less than three years of experience. Upon completion, Fellows are considered for permanent employment.
Candidates should have excellent writing and communication skills, relish the opportunity to create real-world impact, and demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law and an interest in IJ’s mission.
What’s it like to be a Litigation Fellow?
Simply put, it’s rewarding. If you are passionate about using your law degree to stop government abuses and champion individual rights, there is no better place to be. As full members of case teams, Fellows work with IJ attorneys to bring creative, intellectually rigorous cases in federal and state courts across the country. Fellows work directly with clients and participate in every stage of litigation. No two days are the same, and our new hires jump into action on day one.
Outside the courtroom, Fellows have the opportunity to do media writing and appearances, public speaking, grassroots activism and direct advocacy to policymakers and legislators. Throughout the two-year fellowship, Fellows benefit from mentorship opportunities, expert media training, and a supportive and collegial legal work culture.
What does IJ look for when hiring Litigation Fellows?
- Excellent writing and communication skills;
- A desire to create real world impact and willingness to push the envelope in strategizing how to win challenging cases;
- A passion for limiting the size and scope of government power to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society;
- Judicial clerkship experience (not required, but strongly preferred). IJ offers tiered clerkship bonuses for Litigation Fellow candidates who have experience with federal and appellate district courts as well as the highest court in any state or the District of Columbia.
How can I apply?
If you’re ready to apply for the 2024 Litigation Fellowship, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be approximately 10 pages or less and it should demonstrate your best legal analysis. Later stages of our interview process include an additional writing component.
Note that the Litigation Fellowship begins in August 2024 and runs through August 2026. If you are interested but your availability falls outside that timeframe, please apply and specify your timing in your cover letter.
Can you tell me more about your culture and values?
Our culture is collaborative, intellectual, and fun.
We have a shared commitment to our mission and to our individual clients, ordinary people who want to pursue their vision of the American Dream without government interference. Each member of our staff is recognized for the integral part they play in the fulfillment of that mission. We value employees who meet the tough legal issues we tackle with sharp legal creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a can-do attitude. Together, we celebrate every win along the way and recover quickly from setbacks.
Can you tell me more about compensation, benefits, and general perks?
Compensation is commensurate with experience and exceeds other legal non-profits and government pay scales. IJ also offers superior benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, generous paid leave, and retirement benefits. We also offer flexible work-day schedules, two days each week to work from home, and up to four weeks each year to work from anywhere in the world with WiFi. We’ve recently renovated and expanded our Arlington office, which features a state-of-the art moot courtroom, light-filled offices, and a café space (featuring cold brew on tap, an espresso coffee machine, and free snacks and sodas).
IJ is an equal opportunity employer.
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At IJ we value a diverse workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.