FIRE offers a ten-week paid summer Legal Clerkship and 15-week course-credited in-semester Legal Clerkship for law school students looking for hands-on experience working for a dynamic, nonpartisan, civil liberties organization. Clerks work with FIRE attorneys on several fronts: conducting legal research in emerging areas of law, developing arguments for active cases, preparing various litigation documents for active cases, reviewing college and university policies and legislative proposals, and much more. Learn more about FIRE’s Legal Clerkship opportunities today.
Legal Clerks will work at FIRE’s Philadelphia office, but also have the opportunity to work remotely.
The 2022 spring-semester clerkship application will open on October 1st, 2021.
Qualifications and Responsibilities
FIRE’s Legal Clerks Clerks work with FIRE attorneys on several fronts: conducting legal research in emerging areas of law, developing arguments for active cases, preparing various litigation and advocacy documents for active cases, reviewing college and university policies and legislative proposals, and much more. Due to the need for substantive legal work, FIRE is looking for students attending law schools across the United States. Ideal candidates will be rising 2Ls and 3Ls with a passion for civil liberties and public interest litigation. All Clerks are expected to possess excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.
“FIRE’s legal internship was my #1 choice for the summer and it completely lived up to
the hype. This is not one of those legal internships where students are relegated to
mundane busy work. We were immediately treated like important members of the FIRE
team and assigned substantive legal projects with serious responsibilities. But the best
part about working at FIRE was the people. My favorite experiences in life have been
defined by the people with whom I shared them, and my time at FIRE was no exception.
I am convinced that much of the reason FIRE has been such an impactful organization,
despite its relative youth, it simply gets the best people. I cannot recommend this
internship enough (or working at FIRE in any capacity, for that matter).”
– Jeff Murphy, Class of 2021
“During my 8-week legal internship, I spent a great deal of time reflecting and writing on legal issues in higher education I care deeply about. I wrote about the academic freedom of faculty members to research and teach subject matters relevant to their scholarship and institutional mission, as well as the legal history of free speech protections afforded to educational institutions themselves. Under Will Creeley’s mentorship, I strengthened my legal research and writing skills and developed a better understanding of policy work. And, above all, I met some great people and had fun.”
– Vanessa Miller, Class of 2016
“Throughout my clerkship with FIRE, I deepened my understanding of First Amendment
law through hands on, substantive legal work. I worked closely with staff attorneys on legal
issues pertaining to FIRE’s active cases and conducted legal research and writing to assist with
FIRE’s constitutional arguments. Through this work, I augmented my legal skills while gaining a
deeper understanding of First Amendment jurisprudence and its real-world application. Seeing
my research cited in an amicus brief drafted by FIRE attorneys was one of the most rewarding
moments of my clerkship! I would recommend a FIRE legal clerkship to anyone who is
interested in First Amendment issues and wants to work with dedicated public interest attorneys who care about civil liberties. Thank you, FIRE, for the opportunity to strengthen my
professional aspirations while gaining meaningful experience with civil liberties advocacy!”
– Sophia Henderson, Class of 2021