Programs for Law Students, Grad Students and Undergraduates
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The Institute for Justice holds its acclaimed boot camp for law students in Washington, D.C. each summer. Students from the nation's top law schools take part in this three-day conference on shaping 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, 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 including Randy Barnett, Roger Pilon, and Todd Zywicki. The conference's keynote speaker is always a distinguished jurist, who offers a view of public interest law from the bench. After attending this crash course in public interest law, the IJ Way, participants are able to recognize and seize public interest opportunities in the future.
How do we fit all of this into a weekend? Check out the sample weekend agenda.
The 2014 Public Interest Boot Camp will be July 25-27. Apply now!
The Institute for Justice employs law clerks and both undergraduate and graduate interns during the school year and throughout the summer. Clerks and interns participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute's fast-paced litigation docket. IJ's legal staff draws upon clerk and intern talent for assistance with legal research, brief writing, client interviewing, drafting affidavits, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities.
Summer clerkships are highly competitive and usually run from the beginning of June through mid-August. The application will be linked from this page beginning in October. Most IJ law clerks arrange their own funding from law school public interest fellowships or other outside sources, but a limited number of paid clerkships are available. Students are also encouraged to seek academic credit or participate in semester 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 program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 for the following spring. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to your desired location below:
Arlington, Virginia (Headquarters)- email@example.com
Tempe, Arizona- firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami, Florida- email@example.com
Minneapolis, Minnesota- firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin, Texas- email@example.com
Bellevue, Washington- firstname.lastname@example.org
We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2014.
IJ is always looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our team in the Arlington, Virginia Headquarters office. Litigation and strategic research interns work alongside our clerks and gain valuable experience in their chosen fields. We hire on a rolling basis with most interviews in August for the fall semester, in November for spring semester, and in February for summer internships. Semester interns work 15-20 hours per week depending on their class schedules; summer interns work full time hours.
To apply for an internship, please send us a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Litigation intern applicants should direct questions and materials to email@example.com. Those interested in strategic research internships should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute for Justice is seeking 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 Maffucci Fellowships are full-time and the duration is flexible, with a minimum commitment of three months. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 that increases to $2,000 with a longer-term commitment of six months or more. Undergraduates are encouraged to attempt to obtain academic credit for their work. Recent graduates are also welcome 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 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:
Institute for Justice
Human Action Network
Alumni of the Institute for Justice’s law student conference and clerk and intern programs comprise a group of uniquely trained legal advocates known as the Human Action Network (HAN). HAN is now a nationwide talent bank, comprised of hundreds of IJ alumni who volunteer whenever opportunities arise to protect individual liberties. Members of HAN support IJ by assisting with numerous litigation and non-litigation activities including identifying and researching potential cases, serving as local counsel, authoring amicus briefs on our behalf, filing amicus briefs supporting IJ cases and litigating cases IJ is unable to litigate. HAN membership gives attorneys who are interested in IJ’s mission an outlet to help advance the rule of law in which individuals have control over their own destinies.