Paralegal [PFRB-03]

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States



American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Program on Freedom of Religion & Belief

Washington, DC


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC seeks applicants for the full-time position of Paralegal. 



From its earliest days supporting conscientious objectors to war and defending John Scopes in the infamous “Monkey Trial” of 1925, the ACLU has worked tirelessly to defend the right to religious liberty nationwide. Today, the national ACLU’s Program on Freedom Religion and Belief protects this fundamental right by helping to ensure that governmental laws and practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise. The Program fights to preserve religious freedom and the right of individual conscience through an integrated strategy of litigation, education, and public advocacy. 



  • Respond to requests for legal assistance and ensure timely responses to inquiries.
  • Cite-check, edit, format, produce and serve litigation documents, including briefs, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Draft, edit, and prepare declarations, Freedom of Information Act requests, deposition summaries, and related materials, and review, organize, and maintain litigation and policy files.
  • Conduct Internet and other factual research and collaborate with other Program staff in preparing background memoranda on selected litigation and policy issues.
  • Assist the Program attorneys with legislative tracking and research.
  • Collect and analyze social science and other research for use in litigation and policy presentations.
  • Maintain and ensure the accuracy of the Program’s litigation docket, calendar, and timekeeping system.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of the Program’s website and other public information outlets.
  • Work with other national ACLU projects, ACLU state affiliates nationwide, and allies.
  • Work on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director and staff attorneys.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, and one year of paralegal, or related experience, preferred.
  • Excellent research and Internet research skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must take initiative, be highly organized, detail-oriented and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills.
  • Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. Basic knowledge of Westlaw is preferred.
  • Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Commitment to the ACLU mission.
  • Demonstrated interest in religious liberty issues is preferred.



The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (your writing sample will not be returned) and the names of three (3) references to Reference [PFRB-03] in the subject line.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement