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New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Department:  Legal

We are now accepting applications for candidates interested in applying for the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate legal fellowships. Qualifying applications will be for a one or two-year project, to commence in the fall of 2015, focusing on environmental issues affecting communities of color, low-income people, and other vulnerable populations. 

Fellowship Projects will build on Earthjustice’s long-standing dedication to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. The docket includes litigation and advocacy to ensure access to clean energy for all communities; better regulation of toxic chemicals; protection for farmworkers and communities that are exposed to pesticides; and work on behalf of residents in overburdened urban and rural neighborhoods struggling with the impacts of air pollution, water pollution, and coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Our docket includes a focus on civil rights enforcement and environmental justice. Our goal is to produce the highest quality litigation and legal advocacy on behalf of our clients in order to improve public health and the environment. 

Hosting a Fellow

Earthjustice seeks candidates who are interested in having Earthjustice host a one or two-year fellowship in our New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. offices. Such fellowships are awarded to recent law graduates to develop innovative litigation and legal advocacy projects that address unmet legal needs. If awarded a fellowship, the Fellow would pursue the particular project proposed in the fellowship application, with supervision and support from experienced Earthjustice attorneys. The Fellow would work closely with staff attorneys and clients to develop and implement litigation and advocacy strategies, and would participate in the full range of tasks involved, such as factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.

Applicants interested in Earthjustice’s sponsorship should be third year law students, judicial clerks, or other recent law school graduates with strong academic credentials and a strong interest in working on environmental issues on behalf of vulnerable communities. Excellent research and writing skills are essential. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and sense of initiative, sound and creative judgment, and an ability to work well in a collegial setting. A demonstrated commitment to public service is preferred. Spanish and/or other second language skills are a plus though not required for most projects.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably a legal brief or memorandum), law school transcript, and three references to (put “Fellowship” in the subject line). Please note in your cover letter if you have an idea for a possible fellowship proposal (optional to include a short description, no longer than 1 page), and/or if you are interested in developing a project jointly with Earthjustice. Please, no telephone calls, faxes, or hard copies.

Applications to Earthjustice, to serve as the host of the project, will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is found; but no later than Friday, August 22, 2014.  Applications to the fellowship programs are due as early as September 17, 2014.

For more information about Equal Justice Works, click here.  For more information about Skadden, click here.  Suggestions of additional external fellowship funding sources are welcome.

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.