The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce an incredible opportunity for a dedicated and innovative Legislative Counsel to join our team. IJ is the country’s leading public-interest law firm in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights, and educational choice. We're committed to shaping a freer society, and this role is pivotal in our pursuit of justice, protection of individual liberties, and the defense of constitutional rights.
As a Legislative Counsel at the Institute for Justice, you will play an integral part in developing and executing legislative strategies focused on eliminating unnecessary occupational licensing laws and burdens, particularly for lower-income occupations. Additionally, you'll work on legislation to safeguard property rights from abusive fines and fees, eminent domain, and civil forfeiture.
Developing Legislative Strategies
Conduct research to identify legislative reform opportunities in various states
Draft bills based on model legislation and design supporting materials
Collaborate with various teams and stakeholders within IJ
Identify, manage relationships with bill sponsors, clients, and grassroots advocates
Forge coalitions with diverse organizations and plan media events to garner support for legislation
Executing Legislative Strategies
Monitor bills to ensure alignment with IJ's strategies
Lobby state legislators and assist grassroots advocates in meetings
Organize testifiers for committee hearings and provide written testimony
Negotiate with bill opponents and draft amendments
Publicly advocate IJ's model policies and legislation
Manage campaign webpages using government affairs software
Minimum 1 year lobbying state legislators
Legislative or government experience
Proficiency in occupational licensing research
Familiarity with government affairs software (e.g., Quorum, FiscalNote)
Skilled in grassroots campaign management
Effective communication, persuasion, and negotiation skills in diverse settings
Proficient in legal research, analysis, and legislation drafting
Excellent organizational skills for diverse projects
Effective independent work under tight deadlines
Adaptive to new projects and challenges
Leadership aptitude for complex legislative efforts
Frequent travel to state capitols
Weekend work during state legislative sessions (January to May)
Representation of IJ at 3-4 conferences during the summer and fall months
Hybrid work schedule, requiring three days in-office each week; four fully remote weeks a year
Flexible work hours with our core business hours of 10am and 4pm
Smart casual dress code; casual Fridays
Health, Dental, and Vision insurance (IJ covers 100% of individual premiums)
Free Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Life insurance plans
HSA employer contributions
401(k) with employer matches
Generous PTO including a paid personal day and 12 paid holidays
To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter detailing how your experience and professional interests will ensure success in this position and a writing sample.
In addition to our Arlington, VA headquarters, this position will also be open in IJ's Austin, Texas, and Tempe, Arizona offices. Must be admitted to and in good standing with the Texas or Arizona state bar.
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.