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 live and breathe 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.
Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a recent law school graduate or judicial law clerk as a Legal Fellow to significantly expand PLF’s strategic research, publications and scholarly content.
The Legal Fellow will assist in some litigation efforts, including amicus coordination for PLF cases, but the fellow’s principal role will be to advance PLF’s research and education efforts by significantly expanding PLF’s publications and scholarly content for the legal community and an educated lay audience regarding how and why PLF defends liberty and justice for all. The fellow will also help plan conferences and public events and build strong working relationships with coalition partners, the press, and other opinion leaders. The fellow will write regular blog posts, op-eds, and other articles; assist with and occasionally speak at PLF events; and help with all other aspects of PLF’s education efforts, including the annual summary of PLF’s Supreme Court filings for the press.
The ideal candidate will have a JD or the equivalent, with an exceptional academic record. The candidate must have outstanding written and oral communication skills, preferably with a record of publications demonstrating a range of writing experience. The ideal candidate will also be self-motivated, collaborative, detail oriented, and able to meet all work deadlines.
Additional Skills/Experience Preferred:
PLF identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide and promotes the same principles of liberty outside the courtroom as well. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have ten victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.
A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. We prefer the Legal Fellow to work from the Arlington, Virginia, office, but the right candidates will have the ability to work virtually or from another office part of the time.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Dawn Gonzales, Director of Human Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.