State Policy Network
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Institute for Justice

Experienced Litigation Attorney

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Litigation
  • Location: 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22203
  • Application Deadline: November 20, 2020

Description

Do you want to use your law degree to litigate cutting-edge constitutional cases, stop government abuse of power, set long-range precedent and champion the rights of all Americans? The Institute for Justice— the National Law Firm for Liberty—is on the lookout for an energetic and entrepreneurial attorney with 5-8 years of litigation experience for its Arlington, Va. headquarters office. IJ has a proven track record of vindicating vital constitutional principles in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights and educational choice.

Attorneys at IJ bring creative, intellectually rigorous cases in federal and state courts around the country. Within a supportive, team-based culture, attorneys develop their own cases, direct legal strategy, take depositions and present oral argument through every stage of litigation, maintaining ownership of their cases up to and including the Supreme Court. IJ attorneys are also expected to be active outside the courtroom, with responsibilities including media writing and appearances, public speaking, grassroots activism and direct advocacy to policymakers and legislators.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Desire to create real world impact and be willing to push the envelope in strategizing how to win challenging cases;
  • At least 5 years of litigation experience;
  • A passion for limiting the size and scope of government power in an effort to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society;
  • And judicial clerkship experience (not required, but strongly preferred).

Compensation is commensurate with experience and exceeds other legal non-profits’ and the Federal government’s General Schedule (GS) payscales. IJ offers superior benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement benefits, flexible work-day schedules, and generous paid leave.

How to apply

To be considered, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample by clicking here. The writing sample should be approximately 10 pages and it should demonstrate your best legal analysis.

Later stages of the application process do involve completing a sample research memo on a recent IJ fact pattern to demonstrate the candidate’s creative legal thinking.

Institute for Justice
Arlington, VA