Associate Attorney, New York

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Depends on Experience




New York
New York
United States


The Northeast Office of Earthjustice, based in New York City, is hiring an Associate Attorney to conduct legal advocacy and litigation. Ideally, the successful applicant will start as soon as possible. 

The Northeast office presses for a swift transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, promotes environmental justice in communities overburdened by pollution, champions more protective regulation of toxic chemicals and pesticides, and fights for sustainable food and farming. The attorney selected for the position will conduct legal advocacy and litigation on the full array of the office’s environmental and health matters. Although the community-based initiatives and regional work of the Northeast office currently focus on New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we often take on cases with national scope or address programmatic priorities that take us outside of our region.

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 achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. 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, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

Associate Attorney Program

The Associate Attorney program is designed to help early-career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. The term for the associate position is three years, with potential for extension. Some associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice, while others use the experience as a springboard to other career opportunities in environmental litigation or other areas.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Compensation is based on experience. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.


  • Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.
  • Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy.
  • Develop and engage in legal advocacy, including draft and review legislation; draft rulemaking petitions, comments to agencies, letters, fact sheets and other materials; and, participate in coalition meetings and events.
  • Other legal work to further the priorities of the work of the Northeast office.


  • Law school graduate with up to four years of legal experience.
  • Admitted to, or willing to apply for admission to, the New York State Bar.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, sound yet creative judgment.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team.
  • Commitment to serving the public interest.
  • Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

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.


We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To Apply:  Interested candidates should submit a:

  • One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or social justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.
  • Resume.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of contact information for three professional or academic references.

 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Ideally, the successful applicant will start as soon as possible. 

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