The Center for Biological Diversity is currently looking for a full-time law clerk for Summer 2022 who share an interest in and passion for justice and environmental protection. The position will be located in Los Angeles, California, although remote work is possible, based on the COVID situation at the time.
The Center for Biological Diversity believes 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. We do so through science, law, grassroots organizing and creative media.
The Los Angeles office has 3 attorneys that work in the Climate Law Institute and Urban Wildlands program. Law clerks hired in the Los Angeles office will work primarily with attorneys from the Climate Law Institute to advance the urgently needed transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Summer clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation, administrative advocacy, and policy development.
- Conduct legal research and writing, including writing legal memos, assisting with brief writing, preparing filings, investigating new cases and drafting official policy comments.
- On occasion, observe court arguments or attend and provide public testimony at agency hearings.
Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:
Summer law clerks will gain experience in environmental advocacy, drawing on litigation, science, media, and grassroots organizing strategies to fight for the environment and public health.
Qualifications and skills:
- Completed at least one year of law school;
- Strong legal research and writing skills;
- Creativity and motivation;
- Background in environmental/biological studies or social justice advocacy is preferred but not required.
To apply, please upload a:
- cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center and your office location preference;
- writing sample, preferably of no more than 10 pages that reflects your own legal analysis;
- transcript (unofficial is fine); and
- list of three references.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if you’re selected for an interview. No telephone calls, please.
The Center’s summer clerkship pays $16.69/hour, with the expectation that clerks will work full-time hours. The typical clerkship lasts ten weeks.
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.