Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.
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.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with twelve offices across the U.S.
Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:
- Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
- Healthy Communities focuses on cases that protect public health, prevent air and water pollution, and curb exposures to toxic chemicals, particularly in disproportionately impacted communities. Recently, our healthy communities work has also begun to promote sustainable food and agriculture and the rights of farm workers.
- Climate and Energy 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, based on the extent of a clerk’s funding from other sources for the summer. Earthjustice will supplement funding from other sources to achieve a total amount of no less than $6,500. 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.
Earthjustice has 12 regional offices:
Alaska - Anchorage and Juneau California - San Francisco and Los Angeles Coal Program - Philadelphia
- Florida - Tallahassee
- International - San Francisco
- Mid-Pacific - Honolulu
Northeast - New York Northern Rockies - Bozeman
Northwest - Seattle Oceans Program - Seattle and San Francisco Rocky Mountain- Denver Washington, DC.
Each of these offices accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest.
Law students who have a minimum of ten consecutive weeks to commit in the summer are eligible to apply. Interested applicants should submit their:
- Cover letter. The best cover letters are one page and 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.
- Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work.
- Unofficial transcript
- List of three references
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that each office handles applications individually, so you will need to submit an application for each office that interests you. Identical applications for each office are fine, but a sentence or two in your cover letter on why you're interested in each office is preferred.
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REGIONAL OFFICE CLERKSHIP PROGRAMS
Regional Office Fact Sheet.pdf
Florida - Tallahassee
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.
Mid-Pacific - Honolulu
The Mid-Pacific Office opened in Honolulu in 1988 to protect natural and cultural resources throughout Hawai‘i and the mid-Pacific region. Earthjustice Mid-Pacific is the only non-profit environmental law firm in the state of Hawai‘i. Our office works with local and national groups on a range of environmental, cultural, public health and disclosure, and clean energy issues. Our attorneys use law and community advocacy to protect fragile Native marine and island ecosystems, restore water and cultural rights of local and Native Hawaiian communities, defend communities from the impacts of genetically engineered crops and associated pesticides, and promote a clean energy model of the future.
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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.
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.