About IJ: IJ at a Glance


Litigating for Liberty

“[IJ is] a nonprofit libertarian law firm on a mission to block state governments from overregulating.”
The Wall Street Journal

IJ at a Glance

The Institute for Justice is the national law firm for liberty.  With offices in seven states, a staff of 80 (including 38 lawyers), and a budget of $19.5 million, we are a force for freedom across the country.

Our record of success and impact includes the following:

  • 191 cases litigated in four core mission areas: economic liberty, property rights, political and commercial speech, and school choice
  • 5 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002 (four victories)
  • 70 percent victory rate (through litigation and legislation)
  • In FY14 alone, IJ litigated 54 cases, including 15 case victories and 22 new cases
  • 47 states protected property rights from eminent domain through legislative reform or state supreme court rulings after sole U.S. Supreme Court loss in Kelo v. City of New London 
  • Over 16,000 homes and businesses saved since Kelo

  • First favorable U.S. appeals court ruling for economic liberty since the New Deal
  • More than 300,000 children nationwide benefiting from school choice
  • 40 national awards for our media relations work, publications, and production
  • Strategic research cited by U.S. Supreme Court and Indiana Supreme Court; used in 12 IJ briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, three successful cert. petitions, and 15 articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; also cited in 145 articles by other authors in law, public policy, and scholarly journals
  • Only law school clinic in the nation focusing exclusively on assisting low-income entrepreneurs start exclusively private-sector businesses

We also exercise stellar fiscal responsibility.  In 2014, for the 13th consecutive year, the Institute for Justice earned Charity Navigator’s coveted “4-star” rating for sound fiscal management.  Less than one percent of the charities rated have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that IJ consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and, according to Charity Navigator, is “well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change.”

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