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Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Coal Program

Job Location

New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, or remote


Type of Job



Academic Credit

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Published Date

Sep 16, 2021

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Earthjustice’s Coal Program is accepting applications for a full- or part-time legal extern for Spring 2022, with a preference for full-time legal externs. 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. The successful candidate can work from the New York office or remotely. We will also consider candidates in Chicago and Philadelphia that could go into the respective office occasionally. As of now, all Earthjustice offices will remain closed through January 18, 2022, at least.


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 Coal Program uses hard-hitting litigation and administrative advocacy to work to end our nation’s reliance on dirty, expensive, and outdated coal-fired power, to challenge a growing rush to gas in the utility industry, and to transform our country’s energy sector into one that is clean, renewable, and modern. Our docket includes litigation to secure, defend, and strengthen stringent environmental standards for power plants, lawsuits challenging government or industry failure to implement such standards, and challenges to utility proposals to spend hundreds of millions of dollars or more on aging coal plants rather than investing in clean energy. Pursuant to our goal of a swift and equitable transition to 100% clean energy, the Coal Program is also increasingly challenging proposals for new gas-fired power plants, which are often proposed to replace retiring coal plants. For more information about the Coal Program, please visit



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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection or environmental justice.
  • Excellent research, analytic and writing skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Initiative, creative thinking and the ability to work collegially with others.
  • Significant knowledge of environmental and administrative law is a plus.
  • Commitment of 20 hours per week, if part-time.
  • Commitment of at least 37.5 hours per week, if full-time.
  • Must be eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship.


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 – In one page, address why you want to work for Earthjustice and any information about yourself that is not apparent or fully explained in the resume. Please note if you are interested in part-time or full-time work hours; whether you prefer to work 100% remotely or would be open to coming into the New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia office once we reopen; confirmation that you can earn academic credit from your law school or that you will be fulfilling a graduation requirement, and an indication of any applicable deadlines or requirements that are relevant to your submission or ability to accept an offer.
  • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than 10 pages that primarily reflects your work.
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of references, including at least one law professor or legal employer.

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.


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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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