Law Student Volunteer

Denver Field Office
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
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.

ENRD's Denver Field Office is comprised of attorneys representing six of ENRD's nine litigating sections. The law clerk internship opportunities offered are specifically for the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) and Environmental Defense Section (EDS) (joint position), Indian Resources Section (IRS), and the Natural Resources Section (NRS).

To learn more about the Division, please visit:

Job Description: 

Summer 2018 Unpaid Legal Intern Opportunities with ENRD in the Denver Field Office:

- 2 (Joint) Full-Time Law Clerk Positions with the Environmental Enforcement Section and Environmental Defense Section;

- 1 Full-Time Law Clerk Position with the Indian Resources Section; and 

- 1 Full-Time Law Clerk Position with the Natural Resources Section.

The Denver Field Office handle cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the civil enforcement of federal pollution control laws, defending challenges to environmental regulations and agency actions, matters related to the listing of endangered species, and handling cases relating to Indian tribes and Native American issues. 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 assignment findings to attorneys and 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.


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; and (4) if selected, successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment.

While there is flexibility, a 10 week minimum commitment with a start time in late May/early June is requested. Second-year law students may apply for Summer 2018 law clerk positions at the Denver Field Office starting November 1, 2017. First-year law students may apply after December 1, 2017. Application period closes December 31, 2017, although may be extended at the discretion of the hiring sections.

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

Applications for the Summer 2018 law clerk positions with the Denver Field Office Environment and Natural Resources Division will be accepted November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis if needed.

Please email completed application to:

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

Application Package:

- Cover Letter (1 page - please include any section preferences for placement - EES/EDS; IRS; or NRS)

- Current Resume

- Unofficial Law School Transcript

- Writing Sample (11 pages maximum)

- 3 References

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Number of Positions: 
Four (4) full-time law clerk positions with the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Denver Field Office.
Updated October 30, 2017

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