The Institute for Justice employs law clerks during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute’s fast-paced cutting-edge litigation docket. IJ’s legal staff relies on clerks for assistance with legal research, developing potential cases, brief writing, drafting affidavits and discovery requests, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities.

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August. Students are also encouraged to seek academic credit or participate in externships. In addition, IJ has individual research projects that can be completed by students nationwide, either to fulfill mandatory pro bono assignments or on a volunteer basis.

If you have any questions about IJ’s clerkship and internship program, email IJ’s student programs assistant at Applications for the summer of 2018 will open in November.

Semester clerkships

Students in law schools near our offices are encouraged to take advantage of our semester clerkships. We accept applications on a rolling basis and conduct interviews in August for the fall semester and throughout November and December for the following spring. Applications for the 2017 fall semester are now open and can be accessed here.

The Institute for Justice holds its acclaimed boot camp in Arlington, VA each summer. A select group of top law students take part in this three-day conference on changing the world through the IJ way of public interest litigation.

The annual conference covers the Institute for Justice’s four litigation pillars: First Amendment rights, school choice, economic liberty and private property rights. These topics are taught alongside others rarely discussed in law school or graduate programs, such as: natural rights theory, public interest litigation tactics, cutting-edge constitutional theories, media skills, and the use of social science research. The faculty combines IJ attorneys and staff members with leading law professors and legal experts. The conference’s keynote speaker is always a distinguished jurist, who offers a view of public interest law from the bench. After attending this intensive introduction to IJ style public interest law, the IJ Way, participants are able to recognize and seize public interest opportunities in the future.

Law students who are passionate about liberty and seek to gain more knowledge about public interest law litigated the IJ Way are invited to apply. The application for the 2017 Law Student Conference is now closed.

IJ is always looking for highly-motivated students to join our team in the Arlington, Virginia Headquarters office. Litigation interns and Strategic Research interns work alongside our clerks and gain valuable experience in the field of public interest law. Interns generally join us during the summer months and work full time hours. We hire on a rolling basis conducting interviews in late February/early March for summer internships.

Applications for IJ’s summer 2017 litigation and strategic research internships are now closed.

Maffucci Fellowship

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.

Opportunities include:

  • Access to attorneys, activists and researchers engaging in cutting-edge constitutional advocacy
  • Travel to assist with select activism trainings and public demonstrations
  • Media publication
  • Writing mentorship
  • On-camera communications training
  • Networking opportunities

The duration of the Maffucci Fellowship is flexible, although preference is given to applicants seeking a year-long opportunity.  Shorter terms will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with a minimum of three months required.  Undergraduates should attempt to obtain academic credit for their work.  Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.  Law students should apply to our clerkship program.

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 can apply at

Now hiring and accepting applications for flexible 2017 start dates.  

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