Legal Internships

Gain experience working on real religious liberty cases

Becket’s elite attorneys mentor interns not only through litigation before our nation’s highest courts, but also through the beginning steps of their legal careers. There is simply no better opportunity for law students to engage directly with the weightiest public law issues of our time.

-Chris, Harvard


 

About Becket Internships

 

Becket’s legal internship allows top law students the chance to immediately advance religious liberty by working on real cases like Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, Holt v. Hobbs, and Hobby Lobby v. Burwell.

We equip our legal interns to advance religious liberty in the long term. We do this by teaching the legal and historical foundations of “religious liberty for all,” providing training from leading religious liberty litigators and academics, and offering an environment where they work alongside fellow interns from the nation’s best law schools. Recent classes have included interns from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. Over 65 percent of the 2016 legal internship class have already obtained federal appellate clerkships, and recent Becket intern classes have received 6 clerkships at state supreme courts, 15 federal appellate clerkships, and a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court. Becket interns have also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and firms like Jones Day, Sidley Austin, Gibson Dunn, WilmerHale, and K&L Gates.


Becket’s internship program has it all–substantive legal work, invaluable attorney mentorship, and a cause that made me excited to become a lawyer

-Daniel, Duke


How to Apply

To apply for an internship or an externship at Becket, please send an email to internships@becketlaw.org, and attach the following information:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Writing sample
  • Transcript (not required for 1Ls, unofficial is sufficient)
  • List of 3 references

We accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in religious liberty. Internships are ten weeks. Legal interns receive a stipend to contribute to expenses.


Interning at Becket is an opportunity to work with exceptionally kind and talented attorneys in a small environment on issues that have a huge impact. I think it’s one of the best ways to do both substantive and meaningful work for your summer.

-Gabriela, UC Berkeley


Becket is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Becket is a non-profit law firm that defends religious freedom for people of all faiths. It has represented Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians, among others, in lawsuits across the country and around the world. To learn more please visit www.becketlaw.org, or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/becketlaw/


I’m grateful to the lawyers at Becket for what they taught me, but more importantly, I’m grateful that I could spend my summer helping them defend a right as fundamental as religious liberty.

-Brian, Yale