Law Student Volunteer

Denver Field Office
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
999 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202
United States
About the Office: 

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 Spring 2018 law clerk positions offered in the Denver Field Office are specifically for the Environmental Enforcement Section ("EES"). EES is responsible for bringing civil judicial actions under most federal laws enacted to protect public health and the environment form the adverse effects of pollution, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, RCRA and the Superfund law (CERLCA). The breadth of the Section's practice is extensive and challenging. It includes cases of national scope to obtain broad compliance with environmental laws. EES works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and federal agencies that serve as trustees for federal natural resources or serve as managers for federal lands when those resources have been contaminated by third parties.

Job Description: 

ENRD's Denver Field Office is seeking one (1) full time or two (2) part-time law students with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law and litigation for the Spring 2018 semester. 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 in or near Denver, dependent on current case load. Our attorneys make every effort to provide each student with challenging work in as many areas of our practice as possible.

Full and part-time positions are available for the Spring 2018 semester. In an effort to provide a broad assignement experience, selected part-time students will be paired together to work cooperatively on a full-time assignment load.


Student applicants must: (1) hold full or dual United States citizenship, to be identified in the cover letter; (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 Spring 2018 semester, with successful completion of at least one introductory environmental law course.

While there is flexibility, a 10 week minimum commitment for full-time students and 14 week minimum commitment for part-time students with a start time in mid or late January 2017 is requested. To ensure a broad and rewarding educational internship experience, a minimum of 20-24 hours a week is also recommended for part-time applicants.

Uncompensated, but will work with law school programs that offer academic course credit.
Application Process: 

Applications for the Spring 2018 law clerk position with the Denver Field Office Environmental Enforcement Section will be accepted November 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Please email completed application to:

In the email subject line please note: "Denver Field Office - Spring 2018 Law Clerk Application"

Full-Time Applicants:

- Cover Letter (1 page)

- Current Resume

- Unofficial Law School Transcript

- Writing Sample (11 pages maximum)

- 3 References

Part-Time Applicants:

- Cover Letter (1 page - please also indicate hours/days available to work)

- Current Resume

- Unofficial Law School Transcript

- Writing Sample (11 page maximum)

- 3 References

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1) Full-Time or Two (2) Part-Time Law Clerk Positions with the Environmental Enforcement Section in the Denver Field Offiice
Updated November 6, 2017

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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