The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) litigates in five key areas:
• Pollution Control and Prevention
• Natural Resources and Public Lands
• Indian Resources
• Land Acquisition
ENRD’s attorneys represent federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases and by defending challenged federal agency actions under more than 100 federal laws. Cases handled by ENRD are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources law. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.
Law Clerks assist the Division’s lawyers in litigating cases in Federal district and appellate courts. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research and helping to draft pleadings, discovery documents, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species, civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws, and defense of federal agency actions under environmental and natural resources laws.
Using the section application form, law clerks may select which of ENRD's nine litigating sections they wish to review their application. Any number from one to nine may be selected. To learn more about ENRD's sections and their work, visit https://www.justice.gov/enrd/internships and download the "Section Overviews" pamphlet.
This opportunity is open to 2L law students currently enrolled at least half-time. 1L students may apply for Summer 2020 positions with ENRD after January 1st. An advertisement will be posted at that time on Justice.gov.
ENRD is seeking students with:
- Strong academic accomplishments
- Strong research and writing skills
- An interest in one of ENRD’s five key areas, in litigation, and/or in public interest law.
In addition, applicants must:
- Be U.S. citizens
- Successfully complete a background check prior to appointment
- Have been residents of the United States for at least 36 months out of the previous 5 years prior to their prospective start date. Active duty military and Foreign Service employees posted abroad are exempt from this requirement.
Apply for a volunteer legal internship in Washington, DC by submitting via email to email@example.com the following materials:
1. Section application form (posted at www.justice.gov/enrd/internships)
2. Cover letter stating hours/days available to work;
3. Resume (which includes your country of citizenship);
4. Writing sample;
5. Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial);
6. Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation not required).
Specify the year and term (i.e., Summer 2020) that you're applying for in your application and in the subject line of your application email. You must apply separately for each term. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.