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Legal Assistant

Institute for Justice Arlington, VA

  • Expired: November 20, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

Legal Assistant

The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, seeks an energetic and highly organized person to join the team as a Legal Assistant for its headquarters office located in Arlington, VA. This is a unique opportunity for a non-lawyer to play a front-seat role in a public interest firm that litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases, stops government abuses, and champions individual rights in courts across the country.

The litigation assistant will support Senior Vice President and Litigation Director Dana Berliner and Senior Attorney Bob McNamara in their work ensuring the continued top-notch quality of IJs legal work, from scheduling review of individual briefs in active litigation to tracking and prompting the key steps necessary to advance our long-term litigation goals. This is a fast-paced role, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrated attention to detail with at least one year of work experience. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinating high-volume calendars through Outlook;
  • Keeping track of action items and providing appropriate and timely reminders;
  • Working with IJ case teams to schedule internal meetings and dates for document review;
  • Preparing and maintaining team management documents;
  • Booking travel and handling expense reports as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • 1-2 years of professional experience.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work proactively, juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with a strong customer service mentality and a high degree of integrity and accountability.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage competing deadlines while consistently producing error-free work.
  • Strong Microsoft Office capabilities.
  • Some experience in the legal field or exposure to legal terminology is a plus.

IJ offers superior benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement benefits, the opportunity for flexible work hours (including working from home two days per week and working from anywhere for four weeks per year), and generous paid leave. IJ provides the opportunity to work with high-performing individuals in a collaborative and positive work environment. 

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls, please.


IJ is an equal opportunity employer.

IJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Institute for Justice


Arlington, VA
22201 USA



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