We are currently accepting applications for full- or part-time legal externs for the fall or spring semester. We will typically choose externs one month prior to the start of the applicable semester. Applicants should indicate on their cover letter if they need a decision by a certain date.
The California Regional office has undertaken campaigns to protect lands and wildlife, improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that all state residents are protected from toxic substances. The San Francisco office currently has work focusing on clean energy, air quality, crude transport and oil and gas development, pesticide and other toxic exposure issues, water supply and quality, and impacts to imperiled fish and wildlife species. Our attorneys bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, as well as California statutes like the California Environmental Quality Act, to protect the environment and promote healthy communities.
- Work with attorneys on case development and litigation.
- Under the supervision of an attorney, perform legal and factual research, and develop case strategy and legal theories.
- Assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions and meet with clients and experts.
- Participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.
- Currently enrolled in law school.
- Commitment of at least 16 hours a week.
- Interest in environmental protection or environmental justice is a plus.
Externs are unpaid, but can be awarded course credit for work with Earthjustice.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of law school transcripts, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three legal references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
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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.
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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.