Summer 2018 Clerkships

Clerkships Multiple, United States


The Institute for Justice’s summer clerkship program provides an unparalleled opportunity for select law students to substantively contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge civil-rights litigation. Clerks conduct legal research; help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases; and draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs filed in both state and federal court.  Clerks have been involved in projects as diverse as:

  • Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action.
  • Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations.
  • Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit.
  • Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action.
  • Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country.
  • Helping prepare motions to exclude expert witness testimony and reports.
  • Drafting portions of opposition briefs to motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in both state and federal court.

In addition to assisting with the demands of IJ’s fast-paced litigation docket, clerks are carefully matched with assignments and paired with litigation teams to maximize their summer experience.

Summer clerks will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in Arlington, VA, at the beginning of the summer, during which clerks will learn the nuts and bolts of impact litigation and IJ’s practice areas. IJ also hosts a summer-long speaker series through which clerks will get to connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement, receive career guidance, and improve their litigation skills. 

Summer clerkships are highly competitive and run from the beginning of June through mid-August. Clerkship opportunities are available at the following offices:

Arlington, VA (Headquarters)
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Bellevue, WA
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Tempe, AZ

To apply, click on the link below to submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please use the "Add Cover Letter,” "Add Resume," and "Add Portfolio" (to upload your writing sample) features. In your cover letter, please specify what office locations you are applying to work at; either list offices in order of preference or indicate that you do not have a location preference.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is January 26th, 2018.