The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division's work protects our environment for future generations.
The Summer 2023 law clerk position offered in the Denver Field Office is a joint position working with the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES), Environmental Defense Section (EDS), and Natural Resources Section (NRS). For more information on the work completed by these Sections please visit:
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
ENRD's Denver Field Office is seeking up to two (2) full-time law students with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law and litigation for the Summer 2023 semester. This is a joint position, meaning that the selected individual(s) will be working with attorneys in the Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Defense, and Natural Resources Sections.
While assignments will vary, law clerks are typically called upon to conduct legal research; draft legal memoranda; draft portions of motions, briefs, and written discovery; present findings on research assignments to attorneys and client agency counsel; and attend settlement and case planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Law clerks may also attend or assist with local site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings taking place remotely or in or near Denver (if student is located in the Denver area). Our attorneys make every effort to provide each student with challenging work in as many areas of our practice as possible.
The following full-time options for law clerk internships with our Denver office are offered: in-person, hybrid, or remote capacity. You must indicate your preference in the email submittal of your application or cover letter.
Student applicants must: (1) hold full or dual United States citizenship, to be identified in the cover letter or resume; (2) have resided within the United States for three of the past five years, unless military/diplomatic service was involved; (3) be in good standing at their law school, with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law; and (4) complete a minimum of two semesters of law school before the Summer 2023 semester. The successful completion of at least one introductory environmental law course and administrative law is encouraged.
Due to the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19, for in-office settings, there may be additional office rules that apply at times regarding masks and social distancing during the internship.
Applications for the Summer 2023 law clerk position(s) with the Denver Field Office will be accepted during the following time frames:
2L Students: October 3, 2022 - January 3, 2023
1L Students: December 1, 2022 - January 3, 2023
Interviews and hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
Please email completed application to: ApplyInternFieldOffice.ENRD@usdoj.gov
In the email subject line please note: "Denver Field Office - Summer 2023 Law Clerk Application"
- Please indicate the following in your email or cover letter: 1) if you also applied to ENRD DC internship opportunities for the Summer 2023 session; and 2) your preference in conducting the internship - in-person, hybrid, or remote.
- Cover Letter (1 Page)
- Current Resume
- Unofficial Law School Transcript
- Writing Sample (11 pages maximum)
- 3 References