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Clean Energy Associate Attorney

Washington, DC
Department:  Legal
Job Type: 
Full Time

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Clean Energy Associate Attorney position.  We seek an attorney to join our growing team of lawyers who work to advance clean energy across the country.  The position will be based preferably in Washington D.C. However, attorneys seeking to work in other Earthjustice regional offices will be considered.

Earthjustice has a track record of success with our programs to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and grid integration of these clean energy resources. Because we see an unparalleled opportunity to hasten a shift away from fossil fuels and achieve major, enduring reductions in carbon pollution, we are increasing our capacity to advocate for investments in clean energy and supportive policies and infrastructure, including a smart, low-carbon grid, in partnership with client partners in key states. 


Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation-related tasks that can include:

  • Conducting factual investigation, legal research, and discovery.
  • Preparing briefs and other legal filings.
  • Participating in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions and other administrative tribunals.
  • Working with clients and experts, and learning how to handle press work. 
  • Screening and development of potential new cases.  


  • Law school graduates who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar where they are located.
  • 1–6 years of litigation experience.
  • Excellent research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • A solid academic record, good judgment and a strong work ethic.
  • Knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to advocacy proceedings approximately 25% of the time.
  • Passion for the environment and serving the public interest.
  • Initiative, creative thinking, and the ability to work both independently and collaboration with others.

Compensation is commensurate with experience, and we offer an exceptional benefits package.


Interested candidates should send a letter of interest with resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and at least three professional references to Subject line should read: Clean Energy Associate Attorney. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about Earthjustice’s clean energy work, please visit

No phone calls or drop-ins.

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.