Americans United for Separation of Church and State is accepting applications to join our legal team for a two-year Constitutional Litigation Fellowship starting in September 2019. We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions. We defend women’s, LGBTQ, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in the 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.
Fellows participate in all aspects of litigation before trial and appellate courts across the country. Among other tasks, fellows write briefs, draft pleadings and discovery, work with clients and interview witnesses, communicate with cocounsel and opposing counsel, participate in settlement negotiations, screen incoming complaints, and assist with development of new cases. Fellows may also have opportunities to take and defend depositions, conduct in-court examinations of witnesses, take part in oral arguments, do media interviews, and deliver speeches. Fellows receive intensive training in trial and appellate litigation under the close supervision of our experienced litigators. Former Fellows have gone on to positions in public-interest organizations, the judiciary, government, academia, and law firms.
Eligibility and Requirements: Judicial clerks, recent law-school graduates, and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills and an interest in First Amendment litigation.
Compensation: $60,000 to $62,000, depending on experience. Excellent medical and other benefits.
How to apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.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 November 1, 2018.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.