Spring 2022 Legal Externship - San Francisco Office

California Regional San Francisco, California Remote, United States

Earthjustice’s San Francisco location of the California Regional Office is accepting applications for full- or part-time legal externs for spring 2022. We are seeking current law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and who are eligible to receive academic credit for the externship.

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 guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

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 location 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.
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement.
  • Commitment of at least 16 hours a week.
  • Interest in environmental protection or environmental justice is a plus.
  • Location is flexible; during spring 2022, Earthjustice may be returning to a hybrid work schedule so a Bay Area applicant may have the opportunity to work at our office in-person certain days of the week. However, we will accept applications from any U.S. location for spring 2022.


Legal externs are unpaid and must receive academic credit from their schools for work with Earthjustice.

To Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit the following materials.

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working for Earthjustice. Your cover letter should also clearly state (1) whether you are seeking a full- or part-time position, (2) the anticipated number of hours per week you are available to work, (3) whether you hope to work 100% remotely or would be open to coming into the San Francisco office once we reopen, and (4) confirmation that you can earn academic credit from your law school;
  • Resume;
  • Unofficial law school transcript;
  • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work; and
  • List of three professional or academic references

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should indicate on their cover letter if they need a decision by a certain date.

Please note that this job posting for a legal externship does NOT cover summer positions; there is a separate application process for applicants interested in a summer clerkship with Earthjustice.

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only considers applications submitted for current openings via Jobvite. Unsolicited resumes or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via Jobvite will not be reviewed or retained.

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.