Earthjustice’s Florida Regional office is accepting applications for part-time legal externs for Spring 2022. We are seeking current law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment and are eligible to receive academic credit for the externship.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
The Florida Regional Office aims to improve and protect water quality; promote clean and renewable energy; advance the conservation of wild places and wildlife; defend local efforts to combat pollution; address issues related to sea level rise; and build advocacy partnerships with those who are disproportionately impacted by environmental harms. In addition to our work in state, personnel from the Florida Regional Office form part of a multi-office Puerto Rico team.
Under the supervision of an attorney:
- Conduct legal and policy research on diverse issues of environmental and administrative law in furtherance of legal cases and advocacy beyond the courtroom.
- Draft a variety of legal documents ranging from internal memos to submissions to state and federal courts and administrative forums in Florida and Puerto Rico.
- Assist in the development of public outreach materials, such as reports, press releases and blog posts.
- Currently enrolled in law school.
- Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship.
- Commitment of 12-18 hours a week.
- Excellent writing, research, analytical and organizational skills.
- Familiarity with legal research tools, including Westlaw.
- Strong work ethic, initiative, and ability to think creatively.
- Ability to work collegially with others and independently.
- Knowledge of administrative and environmental law preferred.
- Demonstrated interest in environmental protection and environmental justice preferred.
Legal externs are unpaid and must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement for their work with Earthjustice.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials via Jobvite:
- Cover letter that explains:
- Your interest in working with the Earthjustice’s Florida Regional office,
- The number of hours, or a reasonable estimate, you are available to work per week,
- Whether you prefer to work 100% remotely or would be open to coming into our Miami or Tallahassee office once we reopen,
- Confirmation that you can earn academic credit from your law school or that you will be fulfilling a graduation requirement, and
- An indication of any applicable deadlines or requirements that are relevant to your submission or ability to accept an offer.
- Unofficial law school transcript
- Writing sample, preferably a legal memorandum less than ten pages that primarily reflects your work
- List of references, including at least one law professor or legal employer
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until November 17, 2021.
Please note that this job posting for a legal externship does NOT cover summer positions; there is a separate application process for applicants interested in summer clerkships with Earthjustice.
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