The Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) is the Nation's environmental lawyer and the largest environmental law firm in the world. It is responsible for litigation at the frontiers of the law, ranging from protection of endangered species, to global climate change, to cleaning up the nation's hazardous waste sites. Over one‑half of ENRD's lawyers are involved in enforcing the nation's civil and criminal environmental laws in order to protect the health and environment of citizens of the United States. ENRD also defends environmental challenges to government programs and activities. It represents the U.S. in all matters concerning the protection, use and development of the nation's natural resources and public lands, wildlife protection, Native American rights and claims, and the acquisition of Federal property. Many of these cases are precedent‑setting.
The San Francisco Field Office is comprised of several attorneys representing three of the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s nine litigating sections - the Environmental Enforcement Section (“EES”), Environmental Defense Section (“EDS”), and the Indian Resources Section (“IRS”). To learn more about the Division, please visit www.usdoj.gov/enrd.
The San Francisco Field Office ("SFFO") is seeking qualified law students to fill two volunteer law clerk intern positions for summer 2019.
Our law clerks are called upon to conduct legal research on a variety of issues ranging from environmental law to federal practice and procedure, evidence, corporate structure and liability, and bankruptcy. Clerks typically research and draft legal memoranda and briefs, prepare written discovery, present oral reports on shorter research assignments, and attend settlement and planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Clerks may also attend or assist with local site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings taking place in or near San Francisco or Sacramento, dependent upon current case load.
Although law clerk positions in the SFFO are voluntary, working at the Department of Justice is considered practice in the "public interest," which may qualify some students for grant, scholarship, or fellowship assistance.
Student must: 1) hold full or dual United States citizenship, which MUST be identified on 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, with a strong interest in gaining practical experience in environmental law; 4) complete a minimum of two semesters of law school, with successful completion of at least one introductory environmental law course; and 5) work full-time in the summer over a period of 10 weeks.
Applications are due Nov. 30, 2018, except first-year law students, who have not completed their first semester, may apply from Dec. 2, 2018 till Dec. 14, 2018.
Hiring is made on a rolling basis; however, late applications will not be considered.
Submit cover letter, which MUST identify country(ies) of citizenship and the semester applied for, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable), along with a recent legal writing sample (max. 12-pgs), in that same order, combined as an unsecured, single pdf file to Bernice Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Applications are due on Nov. 30, 2018, except first year law students, who have not completed their first semester, may apply from Dec. 2, 2018 till Dec. 14, 2018. Again, late submissions will not be considered.