We are currently looking for passionate and entrepreneurial attorneys with 3-6 years of litigation experience to join our headquarters office in Arlington, VA.

What's it like to be an IJ attorney?
Simply put, it's rewarding. If you are passionate about using your law degree to stop government abuses and champion individual rights, there is no better place to be. Attorneys who join us in a lateral capacity often say that IJ litigates cases that motivated them to go to law school in the first place.

Within a supportive, team-based culture, attorneys develop their own cases, direct legal strategy, take depositions and present oral argument through every stage of litigation, maintaining ownership of their cases up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court. And we maintain a sense of humor and can-do attitude throughout it all.

IJ attorneys are also active outside the courtroom, doing media writing and appearances, public speaking, grassroots activism and direct advocacy to policymakers and legislators. (And if you are a regular listener of our popular Short Circuit podcast, you know that IJ attorneys are regular contributors.) No two days are the same, and our new lateral hires jump into the action on day one.

What does IJ look for when hiring new attorneys?
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • A desire to create real world impact and willingness to push the envelope in strategizing how to win challenging cases;
  • At least 3 years of legal work experience with a minimum of 2 years focused on litigation;
  • A passion for limiting the size and scope of government power to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society;
  • Judicial clerkship experience (not required, but strongly preferred).

How can I apply?
If you're ready to join our exciting team, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be approximately 10 pages and it should demonstrate your best legal analysis. Note that later stages of our interview process include an additional writing component. New additions to our team can expect to start in early 2023. If your timing falls outside of that window, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Can you tell me more about your culture and values?

Our culture is collaborative, intellectual, and fun.

We have a shared commitment to our mission and to our individual clients, ordinary people who want to pursue their vision of the American Dream without government interference. Each member of our staff is recognized for the integral part they play in the fulfillment of that mission.

We value employees who meet the tough legal issues we tackle with sharp legal creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a can-do attitude. Together, we celebrate every win along the way and recover quickly from setbacks.