Semester Clerkship - Spring 2023

(Multiple states)
Part Time
Student Opportunities
Entry Level

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 

The Institute for Justice’s Semester Clerkship program provides an unparalleled opportunity for select law students to substantively contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge civil-rights litigation. Clerks conduct legal research; help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases; and help draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs filed in both state and federal court. Clerks have been involved in projects as diverse as: 

  • Researching appellate court treatment of FTCA actions to support United States Supreme Court merits briefing on application of the FTCA’s judgment bar in a police brutality case. 

  • Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations. 

  • Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit. 

  • Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action. 

  • Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country. 

  • Helping prepare motions to exclude expert witness testimony and reports. 

  • Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action. 

  • Drafting portions of opposition briefs to motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in both state and federal court. 

IJ’s Semester Clerkship program is highly competitive. Our clerkships are a paid opportunity for a 12-week program. Clerks typically work 16 hours per week. Clerkship opportunities are available IJ’s office locations below: 

  • Arlington, VA (Headquarters) 

  • Austin, TX 

  • Miami, FL 

  • Tempe, AZ 

  • Remote clerkships are available on a case by case basis 

For those who live in or attend schools in cities with IJ office locations, we’re aiming for a combination of in-office and remote work. Spring clerkships are generally part-time to accommodate class schedules but could also be full-time through a semester externship program.

To be considered, please complete the application and submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Please indicate which office you'd like to apply to. If you're applying to multiple states, please rank then in order of preference. 

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 are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic 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 anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


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