Pacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available. We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who embody our core values.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

We are freedom fighters.

Liberty is our obsession—we live and breathe it. When it’s threatened, we act decisively to protect it.

We are relentless.

Our pioneering spirit spurs us to take big, bold swings. We never rest on past success. Our eyes are aimed squarely on the future.

We elevate others.

We trust and invest in our clients, allies, and each other. We believe that—together—we can change the world.

We are confident.

We know liberty will win.

Student Law Clerk for Summer 2022

You: A motivated and liberty-minded law student dedicated to individual freedom. You came to law school with a vision—to fight for your principles and make a difference. You want to learn about the world of public-interest law from the best practitioners in the field.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in, and passionate for, the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next-generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

PLF’s law clerk program immerses you in active litigation, introduces you to public-interest law, and offers you a unique chance to study the constitutional and philosophical framework of liberty. You will enjoy hands-on training as you perform legal research and writing projects in PLF’s three litigation areas: property rights, equality and opportunity, and separation of powers. This is a paid position.

Your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Drafting legal memoranda on research questions for active trial and appellate litigation.
  • Assisting in drafting motions and briefs before federal and state courts of appeal.
  • Taking part in a training program designed for all summer law clerks, which will typically include legal writing and oral argument.

This role is idea for someone with:

  • One to two years of law school completed by the spring or summer of 2022.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • A demonstrated interest in the philosophical and constitutional principles of individual liberty.

General Information:

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff works from home offices across the country. Ability to work from an established PLF office is a plus, but we will consider a home office arrangement for good candidates.

To Apply:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your relevant educational and professional experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • A writing sample is preferred but not required.

This is a full-time, paid position from around June through August 2022 depending on law school start and end dates. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

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Legal Secretary

Legal Secretary

You: An experienced paralegal or legal secretary, looking to accomplish something more meaningful than clocking the next billable hour. You employ exceptional time management skills and a passion for accuracy, and take pride in filing a perfect document right and on time. You’ve done your time in the trenches helping people who are tied up in red tape and fighting for the rights of your firm’s clients. But these days you feel there are bigger fights, and you want to be a part of the action. In short, you are confident, you are relentless, you elevate others, and you are a freedom fighter—the core values of Pacific Legal Foundation.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases heard by the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Pacific Legal Foundation seeks a fiercely detail-oriented and deadline-driven Legal Secretary to partner with our team of attorneys to execute important constitutional litigation.

PLF Legal Secretaries are responsible for the production and quality control of our legal documents. PLF’s briefs are recognized for their quality in all courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and our legal secretaries play an important role in maintaining that reputation.

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • A passion for freedom and individual liberty.
  • At least three years’ prior paralegal or legal secretary experience, ideally in federal court litigation.
  • Experience proofreading and editing complex documents.
  • Impeccable spelling, punctuation, and knowledge of grammar.
  • A self-starter’s mentality and a can-do attitude—can tackle the job at hand with minimal supervision and is unafraid to ask questions when needed.
  • A team-oriented, customer service mindset—ready and willing to assist others.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including mastery of Microsoft Word, and other basic computer tasks.
  • Experience with Vision or other calendaring software is a plus.

Your specific job duties will include:

  • Production, formatting, and perfection of briefs and pleadings according to the rules of courts across the nation.
  • Coordination of timely filing of documents with a team of lawyers, as well as outside contractors (printers, court reporters) and court clerks, if necessary.
  • Other duties (calendaring, correspondence with clients or potential clients, advanced quality control proofreading, among others) as assigned or according to your existing skills and interests.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

TO APPLY:

Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your professional experience, as well as your academic credentials. The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

Please submit your application materials by clicking the “Apply” button below.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we only can contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

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Talent Manager

You: Obsessed with creating an unrivaled employee experience that elevates the abilities of your colleagues. You understand the immense value in creating, planning, and executing the processes that make up the employee lifecycle, and the crucial role organizational culture plays in achieving organizational goals. You are relentless in finding new and innovative ways for organizations to support their staff members as individuals and as teams, and can have the tough, productive conversations necessary for a thriving organization. You prefer working in a collaborative environment where you own projects and support your team members’ work as well.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next-generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

Reporting to the Director of Talent and Culture, you will be involved in every aspect of the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to staff development to employment decisions. You will own the development and/or execution of some projects and will play a supporting role on others depending on expertise. You will develop a holistic understanding of the needs of the organization and have the freedom and directive to find new ways to meet those needs.

This role can be performed from any of our offices or virtually. It requires occasional travel especially but not limited to our Sacramento, California, and Arlington, Virginia, offices.

Your specific job duties will include:

  • Process improvement and evolution of the various phases of the employee lifecycle, focusing first on recruitment, onboarding, and talent evaluation
  • Identifying individual, team, and all-staff development opportunities and collaborating with others on the Talent & Culture team in their design and implementation
  • Providing expertise on organizational culture principles, as well as acting as an internal resource for PLF staff members on matters of workplace conduct and compliance
  • Partnering with supervisors and team leads to pinpoint areas of improvement for their direct reports and teams, and determine the best path forward to address them

Qualifications

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience in human resources, operations, talent development, or other related employee-focused roles
  • Experience building, evolving, and executing internal processes relevant to the employee lifecycle
  • A demonstrated skillset in performance management, both through individual employee support and organizational development
  • A desire to execute on multiple projects simultaneously in a collaborative, goal-driven environment
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and exercise discretion with sensitive knowledge and information
  • Ability to travel minimally; no more than 10% anticipated
  • SHRM-CP Certification (preferred)
  • Professional Coach certification (optional)

General Information

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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Senior Media Associate

You: A skilled communicator with prior experience in media relations and a proven track record of developing relationships with the media. You live and breathe the news of the day and you know what makes the media tick. You constantly dream up new and creative ways to capture a journalist’s attention during a chaotic news cycle. You have a deep appreciation and passion for individual liberty.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court—so far. We have more than a hundred active cases nationwide and a growing number of legislative and administrative policy wins.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next-generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will be a critical member of our media relations team, collaboratively working with our communications and legal teams to build and maintain trusted, positive, and productive relationships with media outlets. Your focused area of expertise will be our separation of powers practice, which aims to overturn the overbearing, unconstitutional administrative state through litigation, legislation, and research.

Your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Building and maintaining friendly and productive relationships with reporters, bloggers, television bookers and producers, columnists, editorial staff, and legislative communication professionals.
  • Pitching PLF story ideas to the media.
  • Handling inbound press inquiries in coordination with the media team.
  • Tracking and responding to developing stories related to PLF issues.
  • Assisting the communications team in organizing press conferences, press availability, media briefings, teleconferences, and other press or Capitol Hill events.
  • Drafting press releases, advisories, talking points, blog content, position statements, and other written products, as needed.

 

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least two years’ experience in media relations. Previous work with legal or governmental affairs is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills—being able to write and speak concisely and persuasively.
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments at once, work quickly, and meet deadlines on time.
  • A team-oriented, can-do attitude and the willingness to pitch in however needed.

General Information:

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff works from home offices across the country. Working from the Arlington, Virginia, office is a plus for this role, although candidates will be considered for work from any office or home office.

To Apply: 

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your relevant professional experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work culture. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us. 

Apply

Civil Rights Attorney

You: An entrepreneurial freedom fighter with a passion for, and 5+ years’ experience in, civil rights litigation. You find and win cutting-edge civil rights cases across the country. You will become a national spokesperson for equality before the law—you will speak at conferences, engage the media, and publish scholarship on the right of individuals to be treated equally before the law. You are a leader who will elevate PLF attorneys to be the best litigators in the nation. You have a demonstrated dedication to public interest law and civil rights throughout your career.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government discrimination out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in, and passionate for, the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

About Pacific Legal Foundation:

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will generate and lead high-profile cases in PLF’s Equality and Opportunity Program. PLF’s equality before the law litigation is unparalleled. From fighting for black and Hispanic children in Hartford to standing up for New York City’s Asian-American students to challenging race-based handouts in farming to fighting against California’s corporate board woman quota, PLF is the nation’s leading firm fighting for equality before the law. You will find and win the next important Supreme Court case enforcing the right of individuals to be treated equally before the law. Your ideas will help shape PLF strategy by identifying and litigating emerging equal protection theories. And you will be recognized as a nationwide leader on equality before the law: giving speeches, attending conferences, appearing on radio and television, and publishing op-eds and scholarly articles on these issues.

You will work on teams with junior and senior attorneys, providing your expertise and knowledge and elevating the talent and skill of our attorneys. You will have the latitude to think big and the resources to execute. You will be at the forefront of shaping the enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment for all Americans.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking someone who’s passionate about liberty and equality rights, someone who is confident and magnanimous, and someone who is a bold and relentless freedom fighter.

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Winning equal protection cases! Finding, developing, and litigating important civil rights cases.

Advocating for equality before the law both philosophically and practically. Speaking with organizations, trade groups, academia, and media to advance PLF’s strategic goals. (A deep knowledge of the moral and constitutional basis for equality before the law is a huge plus.)

  • Writing persuasive pieces for both scholarly and lay audiences. Drafting op-eds, journal articles, and blog posts.
  • Leading other attorneys into battle and helping to set the agenda of the next years of PLF’s equality and opportunity program.

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • Five-plus years of experience litigating civil rights cases is preferred but candidates with a track record of successful litigation will be considered
  • Outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  •  A knowledge of, and passion for, the ideas of freedom and individual liberty
  • A willingness to travel 15%

To Apply:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, what distinguishes you from typical applicants, and your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

Apply

Major Gifts Officer

You: A seasoned major gifts officer with strong interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and high energy. You care deeply about donors—their interests and passions, their philanthropic goals, and their confidentiality—and have a proven track record of cultivating relationships, making big asks (when appropriate), and successfully managing a relatively large portfolio. You are a dedicated freedom fighter who is eager to work with a team equally passionate about defending clients’ Constitutional rights.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. We fight for property rights, free speech, economic liberty and equality under the law, and against the Administrative State. And we’re successful: PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court—so far. We have more than a hundred active cases across the nation, and a growing number of legislative and administrative policy wins. We are a next-generation public interest law firm with a fun, spirited team of attorneys, researchers, and creatives who are interested not only in securing legal victories for our clients, but also in telling their stories.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You’ll be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, providing them with a top-notch donor experience. You’ll develop and maintain strong relationships with your donors by implementing one-to-one donor strategies through face-to-face visits, phone calls, emails, notes, and letters to cultivate, solicit, and steward your donors.

You can work physically in any of our offices or virtually. This position requires frequent travel, often to California, but also to other parts of the U.S.

In practice, your specific job duties will include:

  • Managing a portfolio of 50 to 100 major gift donors and prospects who are currently giving at least $10,000 or giving less than $10,000 but have major gift capacity
  • Asking donors for their annual gift, as well as increases for special projects and also planned gifts
  • Collaborating with the Director of Donor Relations to craft special asks, develop fundraising plans for your donors, set revenue goals, and execute strategies to reach those goals
  • Providing top-notch customer service to ensure the best-possible experience for donors, including providing them with periodic updates on the use and impact of their gifts
  • Timely and thoroughly logging all donor interactions in Raiser’s Edge NXT in accordance with PLF’s established protocols

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least three years of experience as a major gifts officer, with a demonstrated track record of closing major gifts
  • Ability to develop a deep and detailed knowledge of each assigned donor and design an individualized plan of action for each donor
  • Ability to handle all donor interactions with the highest levels of honesty, integrity, discretion, and professionalism
  • A passion for, and an ability to accurately articulate, PLF’s mission, objectives, cases, and initiatives with clarity, enthusiasm, and conviction
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly and nationally to visit donors and participate in team get-togethers
  • Comfort and proficiency with technology—including Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Zoom, and fundraising database software (Raiser’s Edge NXT experience is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently without constant direct supervision

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us. 

Apply

Strategic Research Intern

You: An inquisitive, creative, and self-motivated college junior or senior, graduate student, or recent graduate who knows the principles of liberty and seeks to advance them. You have strong written and oral communication skills and strong data skills and enjoy problem-solving. Your degree is in social science or another discipline with strong emphasis in data analysis training.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next-generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

The Strategic Research Intern will work closely with the Strategic Research and Legal Policy Department. Our research team produces high-quality social science research to support PLF’s mission-driven goals. We coordinate with our litigation, legal policy, and communications teams. This is a paid internship.

This internship provides an opportunity for a wide variety of experiences, including:

  • Communicating with public officials to obtain public records.
  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data using Microsoft Excel or STATA.
  • Conducting literature reviews on such topics as regulatory reform, housing supply, property rights, and coastal land rights.
  • Developing internal data and literature memos for litigation, communications, or legal policy campaigns.
  • Writing blogs or op-eds on topics relevant to PLF’s work.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • You may also provide an optional writing sample.
Apply