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Posted on June 24, 2020

Law Clerkship, Summer 2021

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 and supporters 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 the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with fifteen offices across the U.S.

Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

  • The Wild 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 weekly stipend of $1,120 a week, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks (approximately $11,200 total). The total stipend amount will be dependent on the extent of a clerk’s ability to secure outside funding. Earthjustice will pay $1,120 a week less the total amount received from other sources. 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 15 regional offices:

  • Alaska - Anchorage and Juneau
  • California - San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Coal Program - Philadelphia and Chicago and New York
  • Community Partnerships Program – Los Angeles
  • Florida – Tallahassee and Miami
  • Fossil Fuels Program – New Orleans
  • International - San Francisco
  • Mid-Pacific - Honolulu
  • Midwest – Chicago
  • Northeast - New York
  • Northern Rockies - Bozeman
  • Northwest - Seattle
  • Oceans Program - Seattle and San Francisco
  • Rocky Mountain - Denver
  • Tribal Partnerships Program – Seattle and Denver
  • Washington, D.C.

Each of these offices accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest.

To Apply

Law students who have a minimum of ten 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.
  • 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.

If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to

No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.



Regional Office Fact Sheet.pdf

Alaska - Anchorage and Juneau

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

California Regional - Los Angeles

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

California Regional - San Francisco

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Coal Program - Philadelphia and Chicago and New York

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Community Partnerships Program – Los Angeles


We work hand-in-hand with frontline communities to remove environmental hazards and secure access to environmental benefits. We act collectively with our community partners to challenge harmful social and political structures, and to improve the environmental conditions in neighborhoods. We support community-led movements using a full range of advocacy strategies to challenge the status quo. We represent frontline communities across the country to challenge polluters that harm health, safety, and quality of life; to close dangerous regulatory loopholes; to open access to information and records; to increase transparency into environmental decision-making and polluting operations; and to enforce federal, state, and local laws meant to protect communities from environmental harms.

  • The application period will close January 31, 2021.
  • The Community Partnership Program prefers applications from current 2Ls.

Florida - Tallahassee and Miami


With approximately 700 springs, more than 1,260 miles of coastline (more than any other state in the continental United States), over 7,000 lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, water is the lifeblood of Florida. In 2014 alone, over 97 million people visited Florida to enjoy its beaches, fishing, attractions, and natural areas. But its beauty has also invited its exploitation and pollution by industry and development. That’s why for the last 25 years, Earthjustice has fought to protect Florida’s waters and wild places for all people to enjoy in federal, state and administrative courts. The Florida Office fights for public ownership and access to Florida’s waters, defends the public’s right to enjoy Florida’s beautiful places, stands with communities threatened by pollution, protects the Everglades, preserves wild lands and species, works to clean up our waterways and hold polluters accountable, and aims to move Florida to a clean energy future.

Fossil Fuels Program – New Orleans


At a time when we desperately need to reduce greenhouse emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into decades of future fossil fuel use and directly harming the communities already hardest hit by climate disruption. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels program is confronting this massive build-out. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines), focused in the U.S. Gulf Region and Appalachia.

International Program - San Francisco


Drawing on deep experience in foreign, US and international environmental, energy and human rights law, and foreign and international litigation, Earthjustice’s International Program works with partners in South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere on domestic and international legal advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and speed the transition to clean energy. International program staff represent and collaborate with organizations and communities to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health.

Mid-Pacific - Honolulu

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Midwest - Chicago

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Northeast - New York

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Northern Rockies - Bozeman

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Northwest - Seattle

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Oceans Program - Seattle and San Francisco

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Rocky Mountain - Denver

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

Tribal Partnerships Program - Seattle and Denver


The Tribal Partnerships Program aims to make Earthjustice a better resource for our tribal and Indigenous clients and to elevate their voices. The Program focuses on litigation, advocacy, and outreach strategies throughout all of Earthjustice to reach this goal. The Tribal Partnerships summer clerk will work with attorneys in the Tribal Partnerships Program to conduct legal research, produce legal writing, and help develop outreach and partnership strategies. This position can be based either in our Rocky Mountain Office in Denver, Colorado or the Northwest Office in Seattle, Washington. Although the position is based in either our Rocky Mountain Office or the Northwest Office, the Tribal Partnerships summer clerk will work on a variety of regional and national issues.

Washington, DC

This office has finished hiring for summer 2021.

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, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


If you need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, interview or some other portion of the selection process for a job at Earthjustice, please contact Human Resources at

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