About IJ: Employment Opportunities

Institute for Justice The National Law Firm for Liberty

Employment Opportunities



Open Invitation

Constitutional Litigator

Office and Community Relations Manager

Development Associate

Constitutional Law Fellowships

Maffucci Fellowship

Strategic Research Internship

Clerkships and Internships



 


 

 

 

We're always keeping an eye out!

 

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 Litigator

 

Do you want to change the world and make history?  The Institute for Justice (www.IJ.org), the national law firm for liberty, is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial attorney for its Arlington, Va., headquarters.  Candidates should have 2-4 years of litigation experience, clerkship preferred, 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 retirement savings plan as well as a collegial, positive work environment.  
 
Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample, in confidence, to employment@ij.org with “HQ Attorney” in the subject line.
 
No phone calls, please.

 

  

 

 

Office and Community Relations Manager

 

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Law School (IJ Clinic) seeks an energetic, professional person to fill the role of Office and Community Relations Manager. The IJ Clinic supports, promotes, and advocates for inner-city entrepreneurship in Chicago. IJ Clinic attorneys work with University of Chicago law students to provide low-income entrepreneurs with the pro bono legal support they need to pursue their dreams. In addition to direct client service, the IJ Clinic provides free trainings and conferences for entrepreneurs. The IJ Clinic also develops grassroots campaigns to promote economic liberty and inner-city entrepreneurship as vital forces for community development. This key staff member will have the following responsibilities and qualifications:


Responsibilities

  • Manage client intake and participate in client selection process
  • Create new methods to spread awareness of the clinic’s mission and services
  • Develop, plan, and promote the Clinic’s events and advocacy campaigns
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with policymakers and community organizations
  • Research factual and policy issues affecting inner-city entrepreneurship
  • Collaborate closely with clinic attorneys
  • Field inquiries from potential clients and community partners
  • Provide administrative support for the clinic’s daily activities
  • Compile and analyze metrics for statistical reports; manage clinic contacts



Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Efficiency and persistence; ability to take ownership of projects and manage diverse tasks independently
  • Creativity, problem-solving skills, strong sense of initiative
  • Comfort with and interest in working with diverse communities
  • Passion for entrepreneurship and community development
  • Strong communications, interpersonal, organizational, writing, and proofing skills
  • Flexibility to host occasional evening and weekend programs
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, social media, contact management software, and website management, and community outreach are a plus


The IJ Clinic offers a stimulating and enjoyable work environment with opportunities for professional growth as well as an excellent benefit package.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter explaining your interest in this specific position and resume to employment@ij.org with “Clinic” in the subject line. 


  

 

Development Associate

 

The Institute for Justice, the nation’s premier free-market public interest law firm, seeks an energetic, professional person to fill the role of Development Associate in this growing organization. The ideal candidate will have the ability to produce high-quality background research on donors and prospective donors and manage elements of the Institute’s growing research needs. Background in libertarian/conservative causes is a plus. The position offers potential for growth and the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and highly productive development team as it raises the Institute’s $20 million annual budget. Must have strong research and analytical skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines.

The Institute for Justice offers a competitive salary, full health, dental, and life insurance benefits, and a pension plan.

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing or redacted research sample to:

Human Resource Department
Institute for Justice
901 North Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
Email: employment@ij.org (preferred)
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 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. Fellowship terms are one year beginning each August.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to employment@ij.org. Now accepting applications for August 2016.

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 Fall 2015. Application deadline: June 15th. 
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 2015 closed.  Now accepting applications for Fall 2015.
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.
Internship applications for the summer of 2015 are now closed.
 
 
 
 

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