DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) employs litigators who represent various federal agencies across the United States. ENRD’s litigators may be preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. The work of ENRD’s litigating sections involves a variety of legal issues including criminal law, appellate, administrative law, natural resources and environmental law, bankruptcy, land acquisition, and Indian law. The Division’s litigators continue to uphold the highest professional standards of practice in their areas.
ENRD law clerks get hands on experience working with attorneys and teams involved in various stages of litigation. In general, law clerks assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. In certain matters, an ENRD law clerk may assist in negotiation and mediation efforts. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws. A clerkship provides an outstanding opportunity to work hands-on with issues of environmental law.
ENRD prefers students with strong academic qualifications, research and writing skills, and those who have an interest in litigation, environmental law, and/or public interest law.
Law students may work in volunteer positions only while attending law school. Law school graduation terminates eligibility, except for graduate law students enrolled at least half time and who are not practicing law.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment. Applicants must have been 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.
You may apply for a volunteer legal internship in Washington, DC by submitting via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following materials:
•Section Application Form (found at https://www.justice.gov/enrd/internships) - this form allows you to specify which of ENRD's 9 litigating sections you wish to have review your application. Applicants can choose any number of sections, including all 9.
•Cover letter stating hours/days available to work;
•Resume (which includes your country of citizenship);
•Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial);
•Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation not required); and
•Specify the year and term (i.e., Summer 2018) that you’re applying for in your application and in the subject line of your application email.
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.