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Legal Externship

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

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Earthjustice is accepting applications for a full- or part-time legal externship position in its Washington, D.C. office for the fall or spring semester. Applicants should be current law school students who can earn academic credit for 20-40 hours per week of work in our D.C. office 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:


Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities include such tasks as:

  • Working with attorneys on case development and litigation. 
  • Performing legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories.
  • Assisting attorneys with preparing briefs and motions.
  • Meeting with clients and experts.
  • Participating in moots of oral arguments.
  • Attending court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.

To Apply

We welcome applications from current law students seeking a legal externship during the spring or fall semester of their 2L or 3L years for academic credit. Earthjustice does not offer compensation, salary, or benefits for externs.

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

  • • Cover letter explaining your interest in working for Earthjustice, stating your dates of availability, and confirming that you can earn academic credit or participate as part of an academic fellowship. The best cover letters are one page 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. If you choose to provide an excerpt from a longer piece, please include a writing sample cover page with a paragraph orienting the reader to your analysis.
  • 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.