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Legal Externship

Location: 
Washington, DC
Department:  Litigation
Job Type: 
Clerk, Extern or Intern

 

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a full- or part-time externship position in its Washington, D.C., office for fall or spring semesters. This position is designed for a current or recent law student (with academic credit or academic fellowship) who is seeking the opportunity to volunteer for at least 20–40 hours per week for a short-term period of 3 months or more on a variety of environmental litigation projects.This position is designed for a current or recent law student (with academic credit or academic fellowship) who is seeking the opportunity to volunteer for at least 20–40 hours per week for a short-term period of 3 months or more on a variety of environmental litigation projects.

Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. Office serves both as a regional office for issues arising in the mid-Atlantic states, and as a center for litigation on important national environmental issues. The D.C. Office undertakes efforts to limit pollution in disproportionately impacted communities, to protect public lands and waters, and to move toward a clean energy future, among others. Its docket currently includes litigation to: protect public health and the environment from toxic air pollution; prompt the regulation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; protect streams, wetlands, drinking water supplies, and other waters from pollution and outright destruction; compel the federal government to improve its management and protection of our ocean resources; advance energy efficiency and clean energy solutions; and challenge the federal government’s practice of allowing mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian region. For more information about the office's work, visit: http://earthjustice.org/about/offices/dc.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities are to:

  • Work with attorneys on case development and litigation. 
  • Perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories.
  • Assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions.
  • Meet with clients and experts.
  • Participate in moots of oral arguments.
  • Attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.

To Apply

Applications are welcome from current or recent law students with academic credit or fellowship. There is no available compensation, salary, or benefits for externs.

Candidates interested in the Washington, D.C., position should submit

  • Cover letter, stating the applicant’s dates of availability and describing the applicant’s status as a current or recent law student. The cover letter should also make clear whether the applicant would be participating in this program for credit or as part of an academic fellowship. The best cover letters are one page, address why the applicant wants to work for Earthjustice, and provide information about the applicant that is not apparent or fully explained in the resume.
  • Resume.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably a legal brief or memorandum.
  • List of 3 professional references.
  • Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins 

    Application Deadline: All applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For a fall externship position, please apply before August 1. For a spring externship position, please apply before November 1.

     

     

     

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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, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.