About IJ: Employment Opportunities

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Constitutional Litigators in Arizona Office

Texas Legislative Fellow

Constitutional Law Fellowships

Maffucci Fellowship

Strategic Research Internship

Clerkships and Internships

IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship - Outreach and Administration Intern

IJ Clinic or Entrepreneurship - Activism Intern

 


 

 

 

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Do you want to change the world and make history? The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, accepts rolling applications for entrepreneurial attorneys and other professionals for its Arlington, Va., headquarters. IJ values excellent communication skills and a commitment to working on cases and projects that secure immediate, real-world impact for our clients and vindicate vital constitutional principles in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights and school choice.  We appreciate individuals who possess a passion for freedom and a readiness to commit to a team-based approach to litigation, activism, communications and research.

IJ offers a competitive salary, full health, dental, and life insurance benefits, and a pension plan as well as a collegial, positive work environment.

If your talents are well-suited to the work we do, please send us a letter of interest and resume, in confidence, to employment@ij.org.

No phone calls, please. 


 

 

 

Constitutional Litigators in Arizona Office

 

Do you want to change the world and make history?  Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial attorney for its office in Tempe, AZ.  Candidates should have 2-3 years of litigation experience, with excellent communication skills and a commitment to litigate cases that secure immediate, real-world impact for our clients and vindicate vital constitutional principles in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights and school choice.  The ideal candidate will possess a passion for freedom and a readiness to commit to a team-based approach to litigation.
 
We offer a competitive salary, full health, dental, and life insurance benefits, and a pension plan as well as a collegial, positive work environment.  
 
Send cover letter, resume and writing sample, in confidence, to:
 
Human Resource Department
Institute for Justice
901 North Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA  22203 
Email (preferred): employment@ij.org
Fax: (703) 682-9321
 
No phone calls, please

 

 

Texas Legislative Fellow 

 

The Institute for Justice’s Texas Office, in Austin, seeks a Legislative Fellow to assist with and advance our legislative goals for the upcoming 2015 session.  This is a full-time limited-term position that will run from November 2014 until the end of May 2015. The Legislative Fellow will assist Institute attorneys with an ambitious, fast-paced legislative agenda.  Tasks will include tracking multiple bills, meeting and working with legislative allies, drafting legislation, keeping abreast of up-to-the-minute developments during the 2015 session, and reporting to Institute attorneys on a concise and timely basis.
 
Applicants should be enthusiastic about working on legislation that expands individual liberty in IJ’s “Four Pillars” of property rights, economic liberty, free speech, and school choice. 
 
Applicants should have some combination of the following: experience working in the Texas Legislature, experience working on the legislative team of a non-profit organization, experience working for a registered lobbyist, or other relevant experience with day-to-day legislative activities.  Must be comfortable meeting with legislators and staff, coordinating coalition activities, public speaking, and being a contributing member of an intense and focused legislative team.  This will include working nights and weekends where necessary.  Minimum qualifications include 1-3 years experience and a bachelor’s degree in political science or related field.  Law degree and commensurate professional experience preferred.

Based in Arlington, Va., the Institute for Justice is the national law firm for liberty.  This position is based in our Texas Office in downtown Austin.  Competitive compensation based on qualifications.  



Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample and/or legislative work product to:

Human Resource Department

Institute for Justice

901 North Glebe Road, Suite 900

Arlington, VA 22203 

Email: employment@ij.org 

Fax: (703) 682-9321



No phone calls, please.

  

 

Constitutional Law Fellowships 

 

The Institute for Justice seeks candidates for its Constitutional Law Fellowship program. Fellowships are unpaid positions open to recent law school graduates interested in gaining hands-on litigation experience by working closely with IJ attorneys on cutting-edge constitutional cases. Successful candidates demonstrate a strong background in constitutional law, an interest in IJ’s mission and a commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and individual rights.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to employment@ij.org.

No phone calls, please.

 

 

Institute for Justice Maffucci Fellowships

 
The Institute for Justice is seeking paid interns for its Maffucci Fellowship program.  Fellows work closely with IJ’s activism and coalitions team, and assist with exciting research projects, help track controversies and legislation across the country, and provide valuable administrative support to staff on a variety of tasks.  Fellows gain unique experience on the front lines of the fight for liberty. 

The duration of the Maffucci Fellowship is flexible, with a minimum commitment of three months. Undergraduates should attempt to obtain academic credit for their work.  Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.  Law students should apply to our clerkship program (see below). 


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, school choice, and economic liberty.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for two personal references.  The writing sample must be between 400-600 words.  Use Liberty in Action blog posts as a guide. Please send the materials in a single PDF to:

Garrett Atherton 
Outreach Coordinator
Institute for Justice
Email: activism@ij.org

Now accepting applications for Spring 2015.
No phone calls, please.

 

 

 

Strategic Research Internship 

 

The Institute for Justice seeks a paid research intern for its strategic research program at the Arlington, Va. headquarters. The internship will include data collection and analysis for research projects. The ideal candidate will have 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.

The Institute for Justice is the nation’s leading libertarian public interest law firm, litigating to defend property rights, economic liberty, First Amendment freedoms and school choice. Its strategic research program is a unique initiative that combines high-quality social science and policy research with IJ’s cutting-edge litigation.

Please send a cover letter (indicating your interest in the Institute for Justice), resume and writing sample to:

Human Resource Department
Institute for Justice
901 North Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
Email (preferred): employment@ij.org
Fax: (703) 682-9321

Summer 2014 closed.  Now accepting applications for Fall 2014.
No phone calls, please.

 

 

 

Clerkships and Internships

 
IJ employs law clerks during the summer and throughout the school year. It also provides a limited number of unpaid undergraduate internships. Learn more about IJ's clerkships and internships.
 
 
 

IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship - Outreach and Administration Intern

 

The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship is a nonprofit that engages University of Chicago law students in providing low-income entrepreneurs with the pro bono legal support they need to pursue their dreams. In addition, the IJ Clinic provides free workshops and networking events for entrepreneurs and advocates for economic liberty and inner-city entrepreneurship as vital forces that can transform individuals and their communities. For more information on the IJ Clinic, please visit www.ij.org/clinic.

The IJ Clinic Outreach and Administration Intern will gain professional experience with entrepreneurship, law, community organizing, event planning, and the administrative duties that keep an office running, as well as an opportunity to work directly with attorneys and entrepreneurs. 



Intern Duties:

  • Work with the clinic’s staff to brainstorm and implement new methods to reach our target audience and spread awareness of the clinic’s mission and services
  • Search for and assemble resources for Chicago entrepreneurs
  • Expand the clinic’s social media network, post articles and events relevant to Chicago entrepreneurs
  • Attend community events to reach new audiences of entrepreneurs
  • Assist with market research to determine how to best serve entrepreneurs
  • Research local policies related to small business and help collect data to support our advocacy campaigns
  • Compile metrics for development reports and make recommendations for measuring impact
  • Assist with client selection process
  • Provide administrative support for clinic events and outreach
     


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Independent worker
  • Interest in solving problems and improving clinic processes
  • Reliable and able to commit to this position for the entire academic year
  • A passion for promoting entrepreneurship and local economic development
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, social media, graphic design, and website design a plus



Details:

  • Unpaid
  • 5-10 hours per week for the academic year
  • Start date: September 29, 2014
  • To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to bfallon@ij.org
 
 

IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship - Activism Intern

 

The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship is a nonprofit that engages University of Chicago law students in providing low-income entrepreneurs with the pro bono legal support they need to pursue their dreams. In addition, the IJ Clinic provides free workshops and networking events for entrepreneurs and advocates for economic liberty and inner-city entrepreneurship as vital forces that can transform individuals and their communities. For more information on the IJ Clinic, please visit www.ij.org/clinic.

The IJ Clinic Activism Intern will gain professional experience with entrepreneurship, law, community organizing, event planning, and the administrative duties that keep an office running, as well as an opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys, activists, and policymakers.


Intern Duties:

  • Play a key role in organizing and effectuating advocacy campaigns
    • Identify and communicate with key stakeholders in the community
    • Work with staff to develop print and electronic materials to spread awareness about advocacy efforts
    • Help plan outreach events and spokesperson trainings
    • Identify media outlets to help publicize our efforts, e.g. blogs and local publications
    • Conduct research, compile surveys, and create materials to support our advocacy efforts
    • Attend coalition meetings and advocacy events
  • Provide administrative support for advocacy campaigns
    • Manage task list and timeline for the clinic’s legislative projects
    • Compile spreadsheets and mailing lists
    • Prepare and send mass mailings


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Independent worker
  • Creative thinker and problem solver
  • Reliable and able to commit to this position for the entire academic year
  • A passion for promoting entrepreneurship and inner-city economic development
  • Experience with social media, website design, community outreach, and advocacy is a plus


Details:

  • Unpaid
  • 5-10 hours per week for the academic year
  • Start date: September 29, 2014
  • To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to bfallon@ij.org

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