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First Year Litigation Fellowship


The Alliance Defending Freedom First Year Fellowship gives outstanding law school graduates with a passion for religious liberty, to protect life, and to defend the family the opportunity to get hands on experience litigating constitutional cases. Fellows will assist a variety of seasoned practitioners with litigation cases, from the investigative stages, through discovery and motions practice, and into trial. In some cases Fellows may have the opportunity to assist with cases on appeal. Assistance may include case evaluation and development, legal research, and drafting of legal briefs. Fellows may also contribute to public policy through legal scholarship and public advocacy. In short, Fellows will be an integrated, contributing part of the ADF legal advocacy team. The Fellowship will produce specialized training that will position first year lawyers for success and provide a competitive advantage for those interested in pursuing public interest law.

Fellowship terms are for one year and offer a competitive salary and benefits. Applications for the Fellowship are accepted each year between October 1 and December 31 for a Fellowship typically beginning the following September. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews typically conducted in late fall or early winter, and offers made by the end of February.

Fellows may choose to work in an ADF office located in or near Washington, D.C., or Scottsdale, Arizona. Applicants are expected to have sat for a relevant state bar examination prior to beginning their Fellowship.



Interested applicants should submit the following:
  • A cover letter which details your commitment to the mission of Alliance Defending Freedom;
  • Affirmation of the ADF Statement of Faith;
  • Resume;
  • Recent headshot;
  • Law School Transcript;
  • Writing Sample; and
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from a pastor, priest, or other minister.
  • Applicants reaching the interview stage may have to provide a written position statement on one or more relevant issues expected to be encountered during the Fellowship.

Appellate Litigation Fellowship


The Alliance Defending Freedom Appellate Fellowship gives exceptional recent law clerks immediate, hands-on experience litigating cases focused on building First Amendment precedent to promote religious liberty, protect life, and defend the family. Under the mentorship of experienced attorneys with practices focused on the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts, Fellows will participate in all aspects of appellate litigation, gaining valuable experience in litigation strategy, research, writing, and preparation for oral advocacy. Fellows may also contribute to public policy through legal scholarship and public advocacy. In short, Fellows will be an integrated, contributing part of the ADF appellate advocacy team. The Appellate Fellowship is an excellent stepping stone to additional judicial clerkships, government service, private appellate practice, or public interest law.

Fellowship terms are for one year and offer a competitive salary and benefits. Applications for Fellowships are accepted each year between October 1 and December 31 for Fellowships typically beginning the following September. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews typically conducted in late fall or early winter, and offers made by the end of February.

The Fellow may choose to work in an ADF office located in or near Washington, D.C., or Scottsdale, Arizona. Applicants are expected to be a licensed member of a state bar.



Interested applicants should submit the following:
  • A cover letter which details your commitment to the mission of Alliance Defending Freedom;
  • Affirmation of the ADF Statement of Faith;
  • Resume;
  • Recent headshot;
  • Law School Transcript;
  • Writing Sample; and
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from a pastor, priest, or other minister.
  • Applicants reaching the interview stage may have to provide a written position statement on one or more relevant issues expected to be encountered during the Fellowship.

Marketing and Communications Internship


The Alliance Defending Freedom undergraduate internship program allows top journalism, public relations, communications and media arts students, with a passion for religious liberty, protecting life, and defending the family the chance to advocate for related high profile matters in the court of public opinion. Interns will work alongside fellow Interns and the ADF communications and marketing team. Each Intern will have the opportunity to work with experienced team members to create messaging, produce print and broadcast news stories, and promote media that shapes perception in the public square.

We accept applications from incoming juniors and seniors for the fall semester during the month of March and for the spring semester during the month of August. Ideal candidates will have excellent writing and editing skills and must have a keen interest in the ADF mission. Journalism, marketing, public relations, photography, social media, or videography experience are preferred but not required. The Internship is a college term length program and ADF will work collaboratively with schools to secure course credit when reasonably available. Interns will be expected to work up to 30 hours per week in an ADF office located in or near Washington, D.C. or Scottsdale, Arizona. Interns will receive a stipend to be applied toward their living expenses.



Interested applicants should submit the following:
  • A cover letter which details your commitment to the mission of Alliance Defending Freedom;
  • Affirmation of the ADF Statement of Faith;
  • Resume;
  • Recent headshot;
  • College Transcript;
  • A writing sample or example of recent work product; and
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from a pastor, priest, or other minister.

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