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Legal Internships


TFAS Summer Law Fellows are required to participate in a legal internship for the duration of the program. Fellows are encouraged to find their own internship; however, TFAS staff will work with each Fellow in need of assistance to help identify and secure the most fitting internship based on professional interests and experience.

Past legal internship sites include private and public interest law firms, D.C. Courts, various nonprofit organizations and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.

Fellows will work approximately 30-40 hours a week during the program. While each internship is unique, typical duties include writing legal briefs and memoranda, conducting legal research, attending and summarizing depositions, covering hearings on Capitol Hill and other substantive law and policy work that can be equally career enriching.

Fellows who secure their legal internship independently must notify TFAS staff of the placement.

Law interns meet at TFAS headquarters for a reception and networking event.

Past sites of legal internships include:

  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • American Conservative Union
  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Americans United for Life
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Barr & Klein PLLC
  • BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Cato Institute
  • Cause of Action
  • Center for Individual Rights
  • Coast Guard JAG
  • Committee for Justice
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • County Executives of America
  • D.C. Superior Court
  • Family Research Council
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Freedom Forum Institute
  • Global Antitrust Initiative
  • Global Liberty Alliance
  • Healthcare Leadership Council
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • Institute for Free Speech
  • Institute for Justice
  • Liberty & Law Center
  • Napa Legal Institute
  • National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
  • New Civil Liberties Alliance
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • Republican Governors Association
  • Staas & Halsey LLP
  • Stein IP LLC
  • TechFreedom
  • U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
  • Ward & Berry PLLC

Legal Internships Questionnaire

Fellows will be asked to fill out a detailed internship questionnaire upon enrolling in the program. This form gives you the chance to identify the type of legal organizations you are interested in pursuing and rank issues of interest. You will also submit a brief written statement describing the type of work and practice areas you would most like to pursue.

The TFAS law program was a career-defining experience. Not only was I able to join the pro-life movement through my internship, but I also gained invaluable connections in the conservative legal community in Washington through the various classes and speakers. Not least of all, I came away with lasting friendships. To this day, the TFAS team has never stopped working on my behalf and I will forever be grateful.”
-Angela Stuedemann, Law ’16
University of Iowa College of Law
Intern, Americans United for Life