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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:

We are freedom fighters.

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.

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 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 are confident.

We know liberty will win.

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.

Constitutional Law Fellow

Pacific Legal Foundation Fellowships – Accepting applications for Fellowships beginning September 2022. Application period for 2021 Fellowships is now closed.

You: A law-school graduate, a confident and entrepreneurial freedom fighter with a passion for battling onerous government. You’re looking for an opportunity to work with the best liberty lawyers in the nation, immerse yourself in the nuts-and-bolts of public-interest law, and study the legal and philosophical principles of the liberty movement.

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 across the nation, 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 “PLF Fellow,” a one-year position for law-school graduates. You will be added to litigation teams in on-going cases, receive hands-on legal-research and legal-writing training, and study the Classical Liberal principles that guide our work. You will also be encouraged and expected to take on additional challenges, including case development and communications efforts.

You will work on teams with junior and senior attorneys, adding your skills and perspective in order to elevate our team’s ability to win important victories for liberty. You will have the latitude to think big and the resources to execute. You will be at the forefront of shaping the law for all Americans.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking a young lawyer who’s passionate about individual liberty, property rights, and administrative law, 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:

  • Helping us win public-interest cases! Immersing yourself in the details of assigned cases, working closely with PLF’s litigators, and finding creative ways to promote liberty.
  • Advocating for individual liberty, property rights, and the separation of powers both philosophically and practically. Speaking with organizations, trade groups, academia, and media to advance PLF’s strategic environmental law goals.
  • Writing persuasive pieces for both scholarly and lay audiences. Drafting op-eds, journal articles, and blog posts.
  • Working with other attorneys as you battle and set the agenda for PLF’s public-interest practice.

This role is ideal for someone who is passionate about liberty and wants to get a crash-course in public-interest law and one with:

  • a demonstrated interest in property rights, environmental law, and separation of powers;
  • outstanding interpersonal communications skills; and
  • a knowledge of and passion for the ideas of freedom and 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, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country.

This is a one-year, full-time position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a competitive compensation package. 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.
  • A writing sample.
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