Aug 15, 2019

Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization—is accepting applications to join our eight-lawyer 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 defend the civil rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and others against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.

Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have filed lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ individuals.
  • Trump administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives.
  • The Trump administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.

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 No faxes or telephone calls please.

Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.