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Institute for Justice

Assistant Director – IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Disciplines: Development, Litigation, Outreach, Policy
  • Location: 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22203
  • Application Deadline: December 18, 2020


Are you looking to use your law degree to help small businesses and advocate for the rights of lower-income entrepreneurs? Would you like to trade the billable hour for meaningful ongoing client relationships and mentoring future attorneys? Are you looking to get out of a traditional office and back to a law school campus?

The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is seeking an Assistant Director at its Clinic on Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Law School’s Kane Center for Clinical Legal Education.

The IJ Clinic cultivates economic liberty in Chicago by providing free legal assistance and educational resources to lower-income entrepreneurs, educating law students about counseling entrepreneurs, and advocating for reform of systems and laws that hinder entrepreneurship.

The Assistant Director’s role has three components.

  1. Working with clients/supervising law students in the clinic: The Assistant Director will work closely with law students to advise clients on business planning, corporate governance, transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property protection.
  2. Teaching: The Assistant Director will co-teach a seminar on Entrepreneurship & The Law and will participate in the peerless intellectual community at the Law School.
  3. Lobbying/Strategic Outreach: The Assistant Director will also be a key player in the IJ Clinic’s strategic planning, outreach, research, legislative advocacy, and grassroots activism to support lower-income entrepreneurs as they build businesses and neighborhoods.

Along with an entrepreneurial spirit, the Assistant Director must have the following:

  • At least 3 years of legal experience in a general business or transactional law practice, who has demonstrated acumen in
  • contract drafting
  • negotiation,
  • and counseling clients on business planning
  • A strong academic background, along with a passion for teaching, entrepreneurship and the law.
  • A commitment to public interest work and a facility for working with culturally and economically diverse groups.
  • Admission to the Illinois bar or the ability to gain admission to the Illinois bar.

A background in legislative drafting, lobbying, community organizing, land use law, tax, accounting, or start-up financing are pluses.

Note that while the Institute for Justice employs the Assistant Director, candidate selection is subject to approval by the University of Chicago Law School and the required teaching appointment is contingent upon approval from the Office of the Provost. During appointment, IJ Clinic attorneys must comply with all University rules and regulations applicable to their presence at the University.

IJ offers a stimulating and enjoyable work environment with opportunities for professional growth as well as an excellent benefit package.

How to apply

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Institute for Justice
Arlington, VA