Law Clerk Intern University-Symplicity Profile
The Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) is the Nation's environmental lawyer and the largest environmental law firm in the world. It is responsible for litigation at the frontiers of the law, ranging from protection of endangered species, to global climate change, to cleaning up the nation's hazardous waste sites. Over one‑half of ENRD's lawyers are involved in enforcing the nation's civil and criminal environmental laws in order to protect the health and environment of citizens of the United States. ENRD also defends environmental challenges to government programs and activities. It represents the U.S. in all matters concerning the protection, use and development of the nation's natural resources and public lands, wildlife protection, Native American rights and claims, and the acquisition of Federal property. Many of these cases are precedent‑setting.
The Sacramento Field Office (“SFO”) is comprised of attorneys representing one of ENRD’s nine litigating sections: the Natural Resources Section (NRS).
The Natural Resources Section is responsible for a diverse and extensive docket of primarily defensive litigation involving more than eighty statutes, treaties and the U.S. Constitution. The Section’s responsibilities include cases in virtually every U.S. district court of the Nation, its territories and possessions, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in state courts.
The subject matter involves federal land, resource and ecosystem management decisions challenged under a wide variety of federal environmental statutes and affecting more than a half-billion acres of lands managed by the Department of Interiors and Agriculture (totaling nearly one-quarter of the entire land mass of the United States) and an additional 300 million acres of subsurface mineral interests; vital national security programs involving military preparedness and border protection, nuclear materials management, and weapons system research; billions of dollars in constitutional claims of Fifth Amendment takings covering a broad spectrum of Federal activities affecting private property; challenges brought by individual Native Americans and Indian tribes relating to the United States’ trust responsibility; a panoply of cultural resource matters including cases related to historic buildings, repatriation of ancient human remains and salvage of shipwrecks; preserving federal water rights and prosecuting water rights adjudications; ensuring proper mineral royalty payments to the Treasury; and litigation involving offshore boundary disputes, interstate water compacts and other issues in Supreme Court original actions in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor General.
Posting for a Law Clerk Intern Position
The Environment and Natural Resources Division 's Sacramento Field Office is seeking law students with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law and litigation. Law clerks are called upon to conduct legal research on a variety of issues ranging from environmental law to federal practice and procedure, evidence, corporate structure and liability, and bankruptcy. In planning assignments, our attorneys make every effort to provide each student with challenging work in as many areas of our practice as possible. Clerks typically research and draft legal memoranda and briefs, prepare written discovery, present oral reports on shorter research assignments, and attend planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Clerks may also attend or assist with site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings taking place in or near San Francisco or Sacramento.
Each law clerk is assigned a mentor who serves as a resource for general information, guidance, and for monitoring the clerk's projects to assure that the clerk receives as much variety as possible given the office's case load. The mentor, along with others in the office, also ensures that the clerk obtains a meaningful experience in real world legal activities by attending outside activities. We work closely with our law clerks to see that they are not overwhelmed and are able to complete assignments in a timely manner.
The mentor, along with others in the office, also ensures that the clerk obtains a meaningful experience in real world legal activities by attending outside activities. We work closely with our law clerks to see that they are not overwhelmed and are able to complete assignments in a timely manner.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Student must: 1) hold full or dual United States citizenship, to be identified in the cover letter*; 2) reside within the United States for three of the past five years, unless military/diplomatic service was involved; 3) be in good standing, with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law; 4) complete a minimum of two semesters of law school, with successful completion of at least one introductory environmental law course; and 5) work full‑time in the summer over a period of 10 weeks, or a minimum of 16 hours per week during the fall or spring semesters over a period of 14 weeks.
First-year law students, who have not completed their first semester, may only apply after December 1. Hiring is made on a rolling basis, therefore, please identify the term(s) to which you are applying in your cover letter*.
The Sacramento field office typically hires two law clerks each semester and summer session.
Law clerk positions in the SFFO are strictly voluntary. However, working at the Department of Justice is considered practice in the "public interest," which may qualify some students for grant, scholarship, or fellowship assistance. In addition, we have and will continue to work closely with programs the law schools have established. Many schools provide work study, stipend programs, clinical, and/or academic credit.
Applications are being accepted for Sacramento Field Office for Fall 2019, and Sring 2020.
Fall 2019 - March 30, 2019
Spring 2020 - August 31, 2019
Use the following text for Stanford Law School or other quarter academic calendar.
Please be able to work full‑time in the summer for a minimum of 10 weeks, or 16 hours per week for 8 weeks or as required to earn course credit during any academic quarter.
Kindly email cover letter to include citizenship information and semester applied for; resume; unofficial transcript and; recent legal writing sample (max. 12 pgs), in that same order as a single/consolidated pdf file to Hannah Pheasant at Hannah.Pheasant@usdoj.gov.