Legal Internships

“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’s Legal Internship Program 

Becket’s legal internship allows top law students the chance to immediately advance religious liberty by working on real Becket cases in courts across the country. Former Becket interns have worked on cases at all stages—from drafting complaints to assisting with Supreme Court cases. 

Becket’s legal internship is built on three pillars: real world experience, education, and mentorship. Becket’s goal is to equip our legal interns with the tools to advance religious liberty for 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 interns work directly with Becket attorneys and alongside fellow interns from the nation’s best law schools. Recent summer classes have included interns from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, and other top law schools.  

Becket interns have gone on to prestigious federal appellate clerkships across the country, including at the United States Supreme Court. Becket interns have also accepted employment at the U.S. Department of Justice and top law firms like Jones Day, Sidley Austin, Gibson Dunn, WilmerHale, and Kirkland & Ellis. 

Qualified candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in religious liberty. Internships are typically ten weeks. Legal interns receive a stipend to help cover summer living expenses. 

How to Apply 

To apply for a legal internship or externship at Becket, please send an email to and attach the following: 

  • Cover letter (emphasizing why you believe religious freedom is important) 
  • Resume 
  • Writing sample 
  • Transcript (if available; unofficial is sufficient) 
  • List of three references 

We accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by January 5th. 2L applicants can apply at any time. 

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.