Arthur D. Hellman Fellowship

Philadelphia, PA
Student (College)

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought — the most essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates Americans about the importance of these inalienable rights, promotes a culture of respect for these rights, and provides the means to preserve them.

Position Description

FIRE offers the Arthur D. Hellman Fellowship in First Amendment Litigation, a paid opportunity offering a $7,000 stipend for a 10-week program that runs from June through August. The Fellowship is an important tool in establishing a structured pipeline to attract, train, and inspire law students who are committed to freedom of speech. Hellman Fellows will build a long-term relationship with FIRE, with the possibility of returning to work with us as full-time employees, joining our Legal Network where they can take their own cases pro bono, authoring supporting amicus briefs, or serving as our local counsel.

Desired Skills and Expertise

To qualify for FIRE’s Legal Clerkship, candidates must be rising 2Ls or rising 3Ls with excellent academic credentials as well as a passion for civil liberties and public interest litigation. As a Hellman Fellow, law students will have the opportunity to work with FIRE’s civil rights attorneys, advancing FIRE’s mission to defend freedom of speech, expression, and thought. Hellman Fellows will work on substantive projects and are expected to provide meaningful contributions to our strategic litigation. FIRE’s civil rights attorneys will train Hellman Fellows on key skills of public interest litigation, including legal writing, media relations, and client interaction.


The 2024 Arthur D. Hellman Fellowship in First Amendment Litigation application will be open from December 5, 2023 to February 14, 2024. Applicants will be received and awarded fellowships on a rolling basis.


FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.



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