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Law Clerk- Fall 2021 (St Petersburg) 

About the Organization At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!  

The Center is currently looking for a part-time or full-time law clerk for Fall 2021. This position is located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a motivated, creative and experienced organizer/intern dedicated to protecting the imperiled plants and animals. Law clerks work on projects concerning endangered species, ocean protection, climate change, public lands, environmental health, water resources and urban wildlands. Law clerks assist with the preparation of litigation, administrative advocacy and policy development.

Main duties:

Conduct legal research and writing, including preparing legal memos, assisting with brief writing, preparing filings, investigating new cases and drafting official policy comments.

On occasion, may have opportunities to observe court arguments or attend agency hearings.

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

Law clerks will gain experience in environmental advocacy, drawing on litigation, science, media and grassroots organizing strategies to fight for the environment.

Qualifications and skills desired:

Must be a second year law student to be eligible;

Strong legal research and writing skills;

Preference for students with a demonstrated commitment to public interest environmental law and interest in practicing in the southeast;

Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred.

Application process:  Please upload a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a resume, a writing sample, a transcript (unofficial is fine) and references via our website at Incomplete applications won't be considered. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Requirements


Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be a law student who has completed their 1st year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLM to be eligible;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred.
Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Location St Petersburg, FL  
Program(s) Endangered Species, Public Land, Urban Wildlands, Environmental Health, Oceans  
Open Date 4/8/2021  
Keywords Law Clerk, L2  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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