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Legal Fellow

Title:                         Legal Fellow

Reports to:                Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Job Summary:          The Heritage Foundation's mission is "to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."  Based upon those principles, the Meese Center's main objective is to conduct research and educate on, and formulate and promote conservative public policies concerning, constitutional government, the law, and the judiciary.  Consistent with the mission and that objective, the Legal Fellow engages in advanced legal research and policy communications, with some administrative duties.  The LF may serve on a variety of legal teams, with lead responsibility for specific areas of research and drafting substantial portions of Heritage papers. The LF also will be assigned to be the principal author of other Heritage papers, op-eds and other publications. In doing so, the LF will be responsible for conducting independent research and drafting complete papers or articles. As necessary, the LF is also responsible for helping with the organization of legal conferences and events and responding to media and other inquiries (with the expectation of developing substantive knowledge and media skills to give increasing numbers of media interviews, as directed). The LF must demonstrate outstanding writing and verbal skills, and have experience with legal analysis, legal writing, and substantive legal issues.

Job Duties:

  • Conduct scholarly research and writing.
  • Author and co-author (with other Center attorneys) Heritage papers, including Legal Memoranda and Issue Briefs, and short form opinion editorials on a timely basis.
  • Public speaking and media appearances.
  • Draft internal legal memoranda for other Center attorneys.
  • Advise the Director on legal policy and programs which help maintain Heritage’s leadership position on priority issues.
  • Supervise Center researchers and interns regarding simple legal research and other projects as needed and at the direction of the Director.
  • Draft and provide congressional testimony, as directed.
  • Represent the Legal Center at meetings within and outside of Heritage.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Meese Center.


Education:           B.A./B.S. and a J.D.

Experience:         Minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in a policy or legal field.  A judicial clerkship and some private sector or government service are preferred.  Substantial legal writing and editing or related experience is required.

Communication: Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Special Skills/Requirements:

  • High level of professionalism (adaptability, maturity, integrity, accountability).
  • High initiative level, requiring some direction, but with a strong desire and demonstrated ability to assume increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Ability to work well with others and provide leadership to junior staff.
  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives.
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