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Law Clerk- Summer 2022 (Portland) 

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 2 full-time summer law clerks for the summer of 2022. This position is located at our Portland, OR office, although staff are currently working remotely, and may continue working remotely during the summer depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity's Portland office seeks a motivated, creative and experienced law clerk. The law clerk would split their time between the Endangered Species Program, and Enironmental Health Program. 

Law clerks are likely to work on projects concerning endangered species, pesticides, land use, public records requests and other environmental matters and will assist with the preparation of litigation, administrative advocacy and policy development. 


Main duties:

  • Conduct legal research and writing;
  • Prepare legal memos and assist with brief writing;
  • Prepare filings, investigate new cases and draft 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:

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


Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be a law student who has completed their second or third year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLMs to be eligible;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Creativity, motivation and good humor;
  • Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred.


Salary: $16.69/hour

Application process: Please apply online by uploading a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), transcript (unofficial is fine) and two references, as a single document, via our website. Please indicate in your cover letter the position for which you are applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if you're selected for an interview.

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  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Portland, OR  
Program(s) Endangered Species Program  
Open Date 10/29/2021  
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.  

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