Spring 2023 Legal Externship – International Program

International Program Remote, United States


Earthjustice’s International Program is accepting applications for one full- or part-time legal extern for spring 2023. We are seeking current 2Ls and 3Ls who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and who are eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. This is a remote role, but the successful candidate may have the opportunity to visit the Earthjustice office nearest them. 

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 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. 

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

The International Program has a long history of working across borders to use U.S., foreign, and international law to protect the global environment. Drawing on deep experience in international human rights law, international environmental law, and U.S., foreign and international litigation, we work with partners in South Africa, South Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Latin America, and elsewhere. Together with our partners, we use strategic legal advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and to develop regulatory frameworks for, and remove obstacles to, the accelerated deployment of clean energy.

Responsibilities: 

Under the supervision of an attorney: 

  • Conduct research on U.S. and international laws, policies, and case studies in the environmental and energy context.
  • Research and develop human rights strategies in challenging fossil fuel projects.
  • Conduct factual and/or scientific research in support of foreign litigation. 

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled in law school as a 2L or 3L.
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and environmental or social justice.
  • Excellent research, analytic and writing skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Initiative, creative thinking and the ability to work collegially with others.
  • Significant knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.
  • Experience working on international issues, especially in the human rights context, is a plus.
  • Commitment of 20 hours per week, if part-time.
  • Commitment of 37.5 hours per week, if full-time. 

Compensation: 

Legal externs are unpaid and must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement for their work with Earthjustice. 

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following materials by September 11, 2022 via Jobvite. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

  • Resume.
  • Cover letter – In one page, (1) Address why you want to work with the International Program and any information about yourself that is not apparent or fully explained in the resume; (2) Note if you are interested in part-time or full-time work hours and specify the number of hours, or a reasonable estimate, you will be able to work each week; (3) Confirm that you can earn academic credit from your law school or that you will be fulfilling a graduation requirement through this externship; and (4) Indicate any applicable deadlines or requirements that are relevant to your submission or ability to accept an offer.
  • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than 10 pages that primarily reflects your work.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of 2-3 references, including at least one law professor or legal employer. 

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 summer clerkships 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.

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