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Volunteer/Pro Bono Attorney

Philadelphia, PA
Department:  Legal
Job Type: 

Earthjustice is now accepting applications from law school graduates seeking full- or part-time pro bono or volunteer legal opportunities in its Northeast office in Philadelphia for fall 2014 and spring 2015.  

This role is designed for recent J.D. or L.L.M. graduates who are seeking the opportunity to volunteer for at least 15 hours per week for a period of three months or more on a variety of environmental litigation projects.  Earthjustice will provide education, training, mentoring, and experience, but no monetary compensation is available.  Applications are welcome from candidates with funding from another source

RESPONSIBILITIES: Working under the direct supervision of attorneys in the development and prosecution of environmental litigation and other advocacy, volunteer law school graduates will participate in a wide range of tasks that may include:
•    Preparing briefs and motions; 
•    Meeting with clients and experts; 
•    Conducting case investigation, legal research, and discovery; 
•    Performing administrative advocacy; and
•    Screening potential new cases.

•    A solid academic record and a strong work ethic. 
•    Excellent research skills.
•    Significant knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.  
•    Initiative, creative thinking, and the ability to work collegially with others.  
•    Commitment to Earthjustice’s mission.

Applications are welcome from recent law graduates who are able to work on a volunteer basis and/or have partial or full funding from another source.  There is no available compensation or benefits for these positions.  Applicants will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week for at least 3 months.


Offers are made on a rolling basis, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, legal writing sample, and names and contact information of three references (including at least one law professor or legal employer) by e-mail to:  The subject line should read: “Volunteer Law Graduate Application – PA.”

Our Values

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

About Earthjustice

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.