Legal Externship, Spring 2019

California Regional Los Angeles, California


The Los Angeles branch of the California Regional Office of Earthjustice is seeking one law student with a passion for justice and a healthy environment for an externship in spring 2019.  We will begin reviewing applications on November 5, 2018.

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 and citizens 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 twelve offices across the U.S. 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 state residents are protected from toxic substances. 

The Los Angeles office currently has work focusing on air quality in southern California and the Central Valley, clean energy, imperiled species, and oil and gas development in Los Angeles.  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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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, motions and other pleadings.
  • Participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and client meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Commitment of at least 16 hours a week.
  • Interest in environmental protection and/or environmental justice

Externs are unpaid, but can be awarded course credit for work with Earthjustice.


To Apply

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 beginning November 5, 2018.

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.

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

 

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