George Mason University Free Speech Legal Clinic Fellow in Fairfax, Virginia

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Free Speech Clinic Fellow

Purpose of the Organization:

The Liberty and Law Center is a new academic center within Scalia Law School. Its mission is to provide a forum to learn about the role of law in protecting and promoting liberty, challenge government encroachment upon liberty, and lead the discussion of the law’s role in protecting and promoting liberty.

Purpose of the Position:

The Liberty and Law Center at the Antonin Law School is looking for a Free Speech Clinic Fellow to run a new Free Speech Clinic for law students, which will begin in Fall of 2018. The Free Speech Clinic Fellow will collaborate with the Clinic Director to manage, instruct, and support the activities of the Free Speech Clinic. It is anticipated that the Clinic will focus on two core First Amendment objectives: (1) litigating and supporting cases and other legal proceedings that further the cause of free speech: and (2) training a group of future lawyers who want to advance their knowledge of the status of freedom of speech in the United States, and seek practical training in protecting freedom of speech. This is a full-time position for a period of two-years, and is benefits eligible. The position may be renewable. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


At the direction of the Clinic Director and the Center’s leadership, the Fellow’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the day-to-day manager of the Clinic.
  • Provide supervision and instruction to students in the Clinic, including feedback, mentoring, and training.
  • Manage ongoing cases, ensuring that the work is done in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with the organization and teaching of the Clinic, focusing on substantive knowledge of First Amendment doctrine and the litigation process, as well as effective legal writing, advocacy, and client relations skills.
  • Develop the focus of cases the Clinic will work on, including developing and maintaining relationships with public interest law firms with which the Clinics expects to collaborate.
  • Assist in managing the marketing and promotion of the Clinic.

Required qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor degree:
  • License to practice law in Virginia, or ability to obtain a Virginia bar license within a short timeframe; and
  • Significant litigation experience; or (2) a demonstrated interest in constitutional law and public interest litigation.

Preferred qualifications and skills:

  • A strong interest in freedom of speech and the First Amendment:
  • Demonstrated relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and execute projects;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills; and
  • Highly self-motivated and detail-oriented with an ability to advance projects in a self-directed way.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a one-page cover letter, resume (no longer than two pages), writing sample, no longer than five pages (can be an excerpt from a longer work) and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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Department: Law School and Law Library

Alternate Department Description: Liberty & Law Center, Antonin Scalia Law School

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Job Category: Admin or Professional Faculty

Role (State) Job Title: Free Speech Legal Clinic Fellow

Working Title: Free Speech Legal Clinic Fellow

Job Type: Full-Time

Position Number: FA23FZ

Recruit Number: Faculty - 7332

Location: Arlington, VA

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: May 1, 2018

Posting Date: 04/17/2018

Open Until Filled?: No

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