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 [email protected]. 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.