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Post-Grad Legal Fellowship, Fall 2017

Department:  Litigation
Job Type: 
Clerk, Extern or Intern




Earthjustice is 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 2017, 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 protection for farmworkers and communities that are exposed to pesticides; access to clean energy for all communities; better regulation of toxic chemicals; and work on behalf of residents in overburdened urban and rural neighborhoods struggling with the impacts of air and water pollution from refineries, ports, oil and gas extraction, industrial agriculture, or coal ash from coal-fired power plants, among other sources.  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 a one or two-year fellowship in New York, Washington, D.C., Florida, Bozeman, International or potentially other offices across the country.  Such fellowships are awarded to recent law graduates to develop innovative litigation and legal advocacy projects that address unmet legal needs.

Acquiring Fellowship Funding:

If selected by Earthjustice, the candidate will be responsible for securing funding through a fellowship, as Earthjustice is unable to provide compensation.  There are different sources of fellowship funding that candidates can pursue, such as those available through your law school, or third parties such as law firms, Equal Justice Works or Skadden. Candidates should identify potential sources of funding before applying but do not need to have secured such funding at the time of their application.  Please note that deadlines for applying for third-party funding vary based on source.

Applications to the fellowship programs are due as early as September 16, 2016.  For more information about Equal Justice Works, click here.  For more information about Skadden, click here.  Additional external fellowship funding sources are welcome.


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.
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, such as factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.


  • Applicants should be third year law students, judicial clerks, or other recent law school graduates with strong academic credentials
  • Strong interest in working on environmental issues in a social justice context.  A demonstrated commitment to public service is a plus.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Good work ethic and sense of initiative.
  • Sound and creative judgment.
  • Ability to work well in a collegial setting.
  • Spanish and/or other second language skills are not required but may be relevant for some projects.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter.  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
  • Writing sample, preferable a legal brief or memorandum.
  • Law school transcript.
  • List of three references.

Applications to Earthjustice, to serve as the host of the project, will be accepted on a rolling basis until candidates are selected; but no later than Friday, August 19, 2016.

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to



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