Americans United for Separation of Church and State — the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization — is accepting applications to join our seven-attorney legal team as a Volunteer Litigation Fellow for a term of three months to one year. We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.
The duties of Volunteer Fellows include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Volunteer Fellows may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery; communicate with clients and interview witnesses; and perform other litigation tasks.
Eligibility and Requirements: Third-year law students and recent law-school graduates who have funding from their law firms or law schools, or are otherwise willing to work without compensation from us, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills and an interest in First Amendment litigation.
Compensation: We will not be able to provide compensation to Volunteer Fellows.
How to apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.
Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please access our website at www.au.org.