Post-Grad Legal Fellowship 2019

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Earthjustice is accepting applications for candidates interested in applying for an Equal Justice Works post-graduate legal fellowship. Qualifying applications will be for a two-year project, to commence in the fall of 2019. The following five regional offices or subject-based programs will sponsor fellowship applicants: (1) California regional office (San Francisco or Los Angeles, (2) Clean Energy Program (Washington, DC), (3) Coal Program (Philadelphia or Chicago), (4) Florida regional office (Miami or Tallahassee), and (5) Northeast regional office (New York City). Candidates may apply to more than one office or program, but only one office or program will sponsor each successful candidate.

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, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami, and Washington, DC.

Fellowship Projects:  The California, Clean Energy, Coal, and Florida offices are accepting applicants who already have ideas for projects or who would like to develop a project with Earthjustice’s help. Project proposals must be consistent with Earthjustice’s mission and, in the case of the two programs, with the subject matter of the particular program. Proposals that advance Earthjustice’s interest in serving communities carrying disproportionate health, climate, or energy burdens are of particular interest.

The Northeast office is accepting applications from candidates who would be interested in developing one of the following projects: (1) advocacy and litigation to address drinking water contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of toxic chemicals associated with cancer and other serious health problems, or (2) advocacy and litigation at the intersection of environmental health and reproductive rights.

Acquiring Fellowship Funding:

If selected by Earthjustice, the candidate will be responsible for submitting an application to and securing funding from Equal Justice Works. Earthjustice attorneys from the various offices and programs listed above will work with the applicants on their fellowship proposals over the summer. The applications are due September 21, 2018.  For more information about Equal Justice Works, click here


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.
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, such as factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy.


  • Applicants should be third year law students, judicial clerks, or other recent law school graduates with strong academic credentials
  • Strong interest in working on environmental issues in a social justice context. A demonstrated commitment to public service is a plus.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Good work ethic and sense of initiative.
  • Sound and creative judgment.
  • 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.
  • An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Eagerness to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Information Session:

Current and former Earthjustice fellows will host an information session open to all potential applicants on July 31,2018 at 3 pm ET. They will describe their experiences with developing project proposals and applying for fellowships with Earthjustice and be available to answer questions about their experiences. (Questions related to compensation, benefits, and the logistical details of submitting an application for this posting may be directed to

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are 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, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish and/or other second language skills are not required but may be relevant for some projects.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Application Procedure:  Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter. Please note in your cover letter: (1) the offices or programs to which your application should be directed, and (2) for offices or programs not specifying projects, whether you have an idea for a project (feel free to attach a short description, no longer than one page) or prefer to develop a project jointly with Earthjustice. 
  • Writing sample with legal analysis, preferably a brief or memorandum.
  • Law school transcript.
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications to Earthjustice, to serve as the host of the project, will be accepted on a rolling basis until candidates are selected; but no later than Friday, August 10, 2018.

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