Earthjustice welcomes summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Only students who are currently enrolled in law school are eligible to apply.
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 15 additional offices across the U.S.
Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:
- Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans 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 have 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 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.
The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a weekly stipend of $1,292, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks. The total stipend amount will be dependent on any external funding a clerk secures. Earthjustice will pay $1,292 a week, minus the total amount received from other sources and applicable taxes.
You are welcome to pursue outside funding. The ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring process.
How to Apply
We have completed hiring for summer 2024. Please check back in May 2024 for summer 2025 opportunities. Law students who have a minimum of 10 weeks to commit in the summer are eligible to apply.