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2015 Summer Law Clerkship

Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
Tallahassee, FL
Department:  Legal
Job Type: 
Clerk, Extern or Intern

Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

Our work is currently divided into three major areas: 

  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans. 
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury. 
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels. 

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a stipend up to a maximum of $6,500, with the stipend amount dependent on the extent of a clerk’s funding from other sources for the summer. Earthjustice will pay $6,500 less the total amount received from other sources. We strongly encourage candidates to pursue outside funding, but the ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring decision. 

Two of these offices are still accepting applications for summer law clerks and interested students may apply to multiple offices with one email application: Florida (Tallahassee) and Northeast (Philadelphia). 

To learn more about these offices, please see the summaries below.    

TO APPLY

Law students who have a minimum of ten consecutive weeks to commit in the summer of 2015 are eligible to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample (of no more than ten pages), unofficial transcript, and a list of three references to: jobs@earthjustice.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please put “2015 Summer Law Clerk: [preferred Earthjustice office(s), if any]” in the email subject line. Students who wish to apply to multiple Earthjustice offices may submit a single cover letter or attach separate cover letters addressing their interest in individual offices. 

We encourage Duke Law students to apply for one or more of our internships available through the Stanback Internship Program.  More information on the Stanback program, including a list of our Stanback internships, is located here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as positions may be filled early in the fall.

OFFICE SUMMARIES

Florida

The Florida Office focuses on litigation involving water pollution and conservation, public trust waters, wetlands protection, Everglades restoration, clean air, and climate change in federal, state, and administrative courts.  Tallahassee is the state capital and a medium-sized college town with two major state universities.  The city is a regional cultural center and is within a one-hour drive of many pristine rivers and springs, and a half-hour from the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.  The area provides extraordinary opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing.  Our office is located downtown two blocks from the United States District Courthouse and the Florida Supreme Court.

Northeast

The staff of the Northeast Office work to address the serious health and environmental threats associated with fracking, coal-burning power plants, toxic chemicals, and other sources of pollution.  The Northeast Office continues efforts to head off the fracking boom in regions surrounding the Marcellus and Utica shales, including defending the rights of municipalities to enact zoning restrictions on oil and gas development.  The Northeast Office also plays a key role in Earthjustice’s work to phase out coal-fired power plants, the country’s single biggest source of climate change pollution, toxic air and water pollution, and industrial waste.  In addition, we fight to secure stronger protections of farmworkers from exposure to dangerous pesticides, tighter regulations of factory farms, and safeguards for overburdened communities that are impacted by chemical contamination of their air and water.

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.