Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure & Health Programs

Sustainable Food and Farming New York, New York Remote, United States


Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure & Health Programs are accepting applications for full- or part-time legal externs for Spring 2022. We are seeking two current law students to support both programs, who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment and 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 and citizens 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 Sustainable Food and Farming Program, within the Healthy Communities Department, engages in litigation and advocacy to improve our nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and sustainability. Working in partnership with communities, advocacy groups, scientists, and others, we fight for safe and healthy food, climate-friendly farming, reduced reliance on dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and animal farms—not animal factories. We take on cases with regional and national scope. 

Earthjustice’s Toxic Exposure & Health Program uses the power of the law to ensure that all people have safe workplaces, neighborhoods, and schools; have access to safe drinking water and food; and live in homes that are free of hazardous chemicals. We work to ensure that regulators acknowledge and redress the inequitable burdens imposed on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) by the manufacturing, use, and disposal of toxic chemicals 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assisting with case investigation and legal research.
  • Preparing memoranda and contributing to legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. 

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship.
  • Commitment of at least 12 hours a week.
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with legal research tools, including Westlaw.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, and ability to think creatively.
  • Ability to work collegially with others and independently.
  • Knowledge of administrative and environmental law preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental protection and environmental justice preferred. 

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: 

  • Cover letter that explains:
    1. Your interest in working with the Earthjustice Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure & Health Programs,
    2. Whether you are seeking a full- or a part-time position,
    3. The number of hours, or a reasonable estimate, you are available to work per week,
    4. Whether you prefer to work 100% remotely or would be open to coming into our New York office once we reopen,
    5. Confirmation that you can earn academic credit from your law school or that you will be fulfilling a graduation requirement, and
    6. An indication of any applicable deadlines or requirements that are relevant to your submission or ability to accept an offer.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal memorandum less than ten pages that primarily reflects your work
  • List of references, including at least one law professor or legal employer 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applications are due by November 15, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. 

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.