Law Student Volunteer (Summer 2017)

Denver Field Office
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
999 18th Street
Suite 370, South Terrace
Denver, CO 80202
United States
About the Office: 

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the Department of Justice handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States. The work of the Division arises under approximately 150 federal civil and criminal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Tucker Act.

Nearly one-half of the Division's lawyers bring cases against those who violate the nation's civil and criminal pollution-control laws. Others defend environmental challenges to government programs and activities, and represent the United States in matters concerning the stewardship of the nation's natural resources and public lands.

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, Environmental Defense Section, Indian Resources Section, Natural Resources Section, and Wildlife and Marine Resources Section.

www.justice.gov/enrd.

Job Description: 

Summer 2017 unpaid law clerk positions with ENRD in the Denver Field Office:

  • 1 (joint) full-time or part-time position with the Environmental Enforcement Section and Environmental Defense Section.
  • 1 full-time position with the Indian Resources Section.
  • 1 (joint) full-time position with the Natural Resources Section and Wildlife and Marine Resources Section.

 

ENRD's Denver Field Office handles national cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the civil enforcement of federal pollution control laws, defending challenges to environmental regulations and agency actions, 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 briefs and written discovery, present oral reports on shorter research assignments, and attend settlement and planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Law clerks may also attend or assit with local site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings taking place in or near Denver, dependent on current case load.

Qualifications: 

Second-year law students may apply for Summer 2017 positions at the Denver Field Office starting September 1, 2016. First-year law students may apply after December 1, 2016 for Summer 2017 positions at the Denver Field Office. 

Full-time committment with a start time in late May/early June.

Appliants must be U.S. citizens and successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment. Applicants must be residents of the United States for 3 of the previous 5 years prior to applying with exceptions made for active duty military and Foreign Service employees.

 

Salary: 
Uncompensated, but will work with law school programs that offer academic credit.
Travel: 
None.
Application Process: 

For second-year law students, applications for the Summer 2017 law clerk positions with the Denver Field Office will be accepted September 1,2016 - January 5, 2017.

For first-year law students, applications for the Summer 2017 law clerk positions with the Denver Field Office will be accepted December 1, 2016 - January 5, 2017.

Decisions for all Summer 2017 positions at the Denver Field Office will be made on a rolling basis throughout the application period.

Please email completed applications to: ApplyInternFieldOffice.ENRD@usdoj.gov

Please indicate the following in the email subject line of your application: "Denver Field Office, Summer 2017" and which section(s) you are applying for.

 Application Package:

  • Cover letter expressing interest
  • Current resume
  • Copy of law school transcript (unofficial accepted)
  • Writing sample (11 pages maximum)
  • 3 References
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
4 law student internship positions
Updated September 1, 2016

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