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Spring 2022 Legal Externship, Northeast Regional Office

Job Location

New York, NY or remote


Type of Job



Academic Credit

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Published Date

Oct 13, 2021

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Earthjustice’s Northeast Regional Office is accepting applications for a full- or part-time legal extern for Spring 2022. We are seeking a current law student who shares a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and who is eligible to receive academic credit for the externship.


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The Northeast Regional Office is dedicated to protecting public health and ensuring a healthy environment for all in the Northeast; combatting the climate crisis; and securing a swift and equitable transition to zero emissions, 100% clean energy. We focus on matters in the Northeast, and also take on mission-critical work outside of this region.




Legal externs work under the direct supervision of attorneys in the development and prosecution of litigation and other advocacy. Externs will participate in a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Assisting in case investigation, legal research, and discovery.
  • Preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings.


  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship.
  • Excellent research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Initiative, creative thinking, and the ability to work collegially with others.
  • Knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.



Legal externs are unpaid and must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement for their work with Earthjustice.


To Apply:


Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter – Please note if you are interested in part-time or full-time work hours and whether you prefer to work 100% remotely or would be interested in coming into the New York office when we reopen January 18th, 2022.
  • Writing sample.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of three references.

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Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 summer clerkships with Earthjustice.


Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only considers applications submitted for current openings via Jobvite. Unsolicited resumes or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via Jobvite will not be reviewed or retained.


Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.


For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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