Students

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 training@ij.org. Applications for the summer of 2017 are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis. You can access the application here.

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 spring of 2017 are now open and can be accessed here.

The Institute for Justice holds its acclaimed boot camp in Washington, D.C. 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.

Applications for the 2017 Law Student Conference will open in February. 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.

IJ is always looking for highly-motivated students 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. Interns usually join us during the summer months. We hire on a rolling basis with most interviews in February for summer internships. Summer interns work full time hours.

Applications for summer 2017 litigation internships will be open in February. Applications for strategic research interns for the summer of 2017 will also be open in February.

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.

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 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:

Now hiring and accepting applications for flexible 2016 start dates.  

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

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