Earth Justice Law Fellowship Announcement

August 6, 2015


New York, NY
Anchorage, AK
Juneau, AK
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Tallahassee, FL
Honolulu, HI
Philadelphia, PA
Bozeman, MT
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: 08/14/2015


Date Posted: 07/14/2015
Job Type: FELLOWSHIP – Legal: Project-Based
Schedule Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: Environmental, Legislative/Policy Issues, Non-Profit

Job Description

Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm, is now accepting applications for candidates interested in applying for the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate legal fellowships. Qualifying applications will be for a one or two-year project, to commence in the fall of 2016, focusing on environmental issues affecting communities of color, low-income people, and other vulnerable populations. 

Fellowship Projects will build on Earthjustice’s long-standing dedication to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. Our docket includes litigation and legal advocacy to ensure access to clean energy for all communities; better regulation of toxic chemicals; protection for farmworkers and communities that are exposed to pesticides; and work on behalf of residents in overburdened urban and rural neighborhoods, as well as Native American communities, struggling with the impacts of air and water pollution from a variety of sources, including ports, refineries, power plants and industrial agriculture. Our docket also includes civil rights enforcement and environmental justice work.


Hosting a Fellow: Earthjustice seeks candidates who are interested in a one or two-year fellowship in one of our offices across the country:

  • Alaska – Anchorage and Juneau
  • California – San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Florida – Tallahassee
  • International – San Francisco
  • Mid-Pacific – Honolulu
  • Northeast – New York and Philadelphia
  • Northern Rockies – Bozeman
  • Northwest – Seattle
  • Rocky Mountain- Denver
  • Washington, DC.

Such fellowships are awarded to recent law graduates to develop innovative litigation and legal advocacy projects that address unmet legal needs. If awarded a fellowship, the Fellow would pursue the particular project proposed in the fellowship application, with supervision and support from experienced Earthjustice attorneys. The Fellow would work closely with staff attorneys and clients to develop and implement litigation and advocacy strategies, and would participate in the full range of tasks involved, such as factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.

Applicants interested in Earthjustice’s sponsorship should be third year law students, judicial clerks, or other recent law school graduates with strong academic credentials and a strong interest in working on environmental issues in a social justice context. Excellent research and writing skills are essential. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and sense of initiative, sound and creative judgment, and an ability to work well in a collegial setting. Spanish and/or other second language skills are not required but may be relevant for some projects.

Application Instructions: 

APPLICATIONS: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably a legal brief or memorandum), law school transcript, and three references.

Click here to apply.

Please note in your cover letter if you have an idea for a possible fellowship proposal (optional to include a short description, no longer than 1 page), and/or if you are interested in developing a project jointly with Earthjustice. Please, no telephone calls, faxes, or hard copies. Applications to Earthjustice, to serve as the host of the project, will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is found, but no later than Friday, August 14, 2015. Applications to the fellowship programs are due as early as September 18, 2015. For more information about Equal Justice Works, click here. For more information about Skadden, click here. Suggestions of additional external fellowship funding sources are welcome.

As an equal opportunity employer, Earthjustice is committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position

Application Deadline: 08/14/2015


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