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Independent Clinical: Appellate Litigation with Becket

Location: Washington D.C. 

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty ( is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious faiths. Recognized for its extraordinary success before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts, the Becket Fund recently joined 23 premier appellate firms across a number of practice areas as this year’s constitutional rights advocate on the National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List” and the only non-profit law firm chosen since the list’s creation.

Becket seeks interns for the winter term to work virtually with its Washington, D.C. office on a variety of Supreme Court, appellate and trial-level matters. Such work might include representing: religious ministries seeking protection from government mandates to violate their faith; Native Americans seeking the right to use eagle feathers in their religious ceremonies; prisoners seeking the right to exercise religion while incarcerated; members of the military seeking accommodations to allow them to continue to serve while meeting religious requirements for their appearance or dress; and mosques, churches, and temples challenging zoning decisions that restrict their ability to build houses of worship or other ministries.

Interested students should apply a.s.a.p. – applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested students are requested to send a resume and cover email to Zachary Novak at  As a reminder, 2L students participating in EIP are not eligible to participate in a winter term independent clinical. 

Once the placement is finalized with Becket, students will need to submit an independent clinical application in accordance with the guidelines described on the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website. Students will receive independent clinical credit once they have been enrolled by OCP.