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Summer Clerkship

Public Citizen Litigation Group, a Washington, DC–based public interest law firm, is seeking two to three summer law clerks for 2013. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization with members and supporters nationwide. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, consumer litigation, open government, union democracy, separation of powers, representing objectors to collusive or otherwise unlawful class action settlements, and the First Amendment, including Internet free speech issues. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries and have a substantial practice before federal regulatory agencies and have argued 61 cases in the US Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group's staff lawyers. Whenever possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs, complaints, or affidavits). We involve law clerks in all Litigation Group activities, such as participating in moot courts, attending court hearings and congressional hearings, and meeting with clients. In short, summer clerks are an integral part of the office.

We seek a commitment of at least 10 weeks. The positions are unpaid, but the Litigation Group helps students obtain outside funding, including Student Funded Fellowships and similar grants. We may have additional funding for one summer law clerk (but we will not know for certain until the spring). The Litigation Group will cover reasonable round-trip transportation from the clerk's home city to Washington, DC.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, list of references, and transcript via email to

Job applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Litigation Group, and Public Citizen in general, at our website.

Public Citizen Litigation Group
1600 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

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