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Legal Externship, Fall 2021 (Oceans Program)

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with fifteen offices in the United States.

The Earthjustice Oceans Program has used the power of law for fourteen years to end overfishing and protect ocean ecosystems, to safeguard iconic marine wildlife, and to build resilience to the impacts of climate change in marine habitats. The Oceans Program is staffed by eight attorneys and a litigation assistant, working on both coasts, in three Earthjustice offices. We partner with conservation groups, fishing communities, and international organizations to play a key role in enforcing domestic laws and engaging in intergovernmental processes in order to compel better stewardship of the oceans. The externship will focus exclusively on offshore oil and gas litigation in the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Work with attorneys on case development and litigation.
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, perform legal and factual research, and develop case strategy and legal theories.
  • Assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions and meet with clients and experts.
  • Participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.


  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Commitment of at least 10 hours a week.
  • Interest in environmental protection or environmental justice is a plus.

Externs are unpaid, but can be awarded course credit for work with Earthjustice. 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 a summer clerkship with Earthjustice.

To Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit the following materials.

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working for Earthjustice. Your cover letter should also clearly state (1) whether you are seeking a full or a part-time position, (2) the number of hours, or a reasonable estimate, you are available to work in our office, (3) whether you are applying for the fall semester, the spring semester, or both, and (4) confirmation that you can earn academic credit or participate as part of an academic fellowship with your law school.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work
  • List of three professional references

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is August 6, 2021. Applications will no longer be accepted after the deadline.

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No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.