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Law Clerk Program

Earthjustice provides a training ground for law students interested in using their skills to advocate for a clean and healthful environment through our law clerk programs in each regional office.

Summer Clerk Program
During the summer months, students from law schools across the country participate as interns in every aspect of Earthjustice's litigation and environmental advocacy program. Each clerk has the opportunity to work with several attorneys on case development and litigation. Students may draft pleadings and briefs, do legal research, develop strategy and legal theories, gather evidence, and attend client meetings and court proceedings. The summer clerk program also offers students seminars with attorneys in the office and with guest speakers on current environmental issues, as well as opportunities to interact with other local and regional groups active in the environmental community.

Spring and Fall Extern Program
During the fall and spring semesters, student externs can receive full academic credit from participating law schools for time spent working with Earthjustice. This experience exposes students to a wide variety of techniques that are part of a strategic litigation practice and provides an opportunity to explore and understand environmental law. We encourage students to check with their law schools to determine if they can participate in the program.

For currently available clerkship and extern positions, visit our Career Opportunities section.

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.