Constitutional Litigation Fellowship

Employment Type: 
Staff Position

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is accepting applications to join our eight-lawyer legal team for a two-year Constitutional Litigation Fellowship starting in September 2018. As a fellow, you will have significant responsibility working to protect the fundamental constitutional and civil rights of all Americans. All the while, you will receive intensive training and gain significant experience in civil-rights impact litigation in federal and state courts across the country.

We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice that addresses a wide variety of constitutional and civil-rights issues—most of which arise under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We fight against religiously motivated discrimination and deprivations of rights, including by bringing cases and filing amicus briefs to advance the rights of same-sex couples, women’s reproductive-health rights, trans rights, and the rights of employees of religiously affiliated institutions. We also challenge religious activities and instruction in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayer and religious displays. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge federal constitutional and statutory issues.

As a Fellow, you will litigate constitutional and civil-rights issues across the country at every level—from complaint intake to briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the close supervision of our experienced litigators, you will receive intensive training and play a central role in all aspects of impact litigation, including screening incoming complaints, assisting with development of new cases, drafting pleadings and discovery, motions practice, working with clients, interviewing witnesses, participating in settlement negotiations, and writing appellate briefs. Notably, Fellows regularly write party or amicus briefs for cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and state supreme courts. We’ve filed more than twenty of those in the past year alone. During their tenure with Americans United, Fellows have taken and defended depositions, done media interviews, given speeches, and participated in oral argument. Recent Fellows have both come from, and gone on to, judicial clerkships with federal and state courts.


Eligibility and Requirements:  
Judicial clerks, other recent law-school graduates, and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have strong research and analytical skills and be excellent writers who want to improve even more through intensive practice and instruction. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in constitutional and public-interest impact litigation. Experience in First Amendment litigation is a plus, but not a requirement.

Compensation:  
$59,000 to $61,000, depending on experience. Excellent medical coverage and other benefits.

How to apply:  
Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org. The writing sample should be your own work and should not be substantially edited by anyone else.

Deadline: 
Open until filled. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply by January 22, 2018.

For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please click here.