Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.
Our work is currently divided into three major areas:
Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury.
Promoting a Clean Energy Future 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 stipend up to a maximum of $6,500, with the stipend amount dependent on the extent of a clerk’s funding from other sources for the summer. Earthjustice will pay $6,500 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.
To learn more about these offices, please see the summaries below.
Law students who have a minimum of ten consecutive weeks to commit in the summer of 2015 are eligible to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample (of no more than ten pages), unofficial transcript, and a list of three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please put “2015 Summer Law Clerk: [preferred Earthjustice office(s), if any]” in the email subject line. Students who wish to apply to multiple Earthjustice offices may submit a single cover letter or attach separate cover letters addressing their interest in individual offices.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as positions may be filled early in the fall.