Law clerks assist the Division trial lawyers in litigating cases in federal district and appellate courts and advising the Assistant Attorney General on environmental legal and policy questions. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research and drafting pleadings, discovery documents and legal memoranda dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues.
The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species, civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws, and defense of federal agency actions under environmental and natural resources laws. Law clerks will have the opportunity to observe court hearings, moot courts, and other events that may occur in Washington D.C., such as depositions, settlement conferences, or client meetings.
The ENRD Law Clerk Program provides students with invaluable academic and career experience, plus other benefits such as a mentoring program, social events, and networking opportunities. Past examples include a lecture program specifically for law clerks with the Attorney General, a meet and greet session with the ENRD Assistant Attorney General and Section Chiefs, a workshop on resumes and interview tips, jobs panels on applying for different government jobs, a career fair, and a trail hike.
- ENRD is seeking students with:
- Strong academic accomplishments
- Strong research and writing skills
- An interest in ENRD key areas, litigation, and/or public interest law
Who Can Apply:
Joint degree and LLM students must be currently enrolled at least half-time and cannot currently be practicing law.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Successfully complete a background check prior to appointment
- Have been a resident of the United States for at least 36 months out of the previous 5 years prior to their prospective start date. Active duty military and Foreign Service employees posted abroad are exempt from this requirement.
Uncompensated volunteer position. ENRD will coordinate with students who are eligible to receive academic or work study credit from their law school.