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

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