Law Clerks assist the Division’s lawyers in litigating cases in Federal district and appellate courts. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research and helping to draft pleadings, discovery documents, and legal memoranda dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species, civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws, and defense of federal agency actions under environmental and natural resources laws.

The ENRD Law Clerk Program not only provides students with invaluable academic and career experience, but also includes benefits such as a mentoring program, social events, and networking opportunities. Past examples include a lecture program specifically for law clerks with the Attorney General, a meet and greet session with the ENRD Assistant Attorney General and Section Chiefs, a workshop on resumes and interview tips, jobs panels on applying for different government jobs, a career fair, and a trail hike.

ENRD is seeking students with: •Strong academic accomplishments •Strong research and writing skills •An interest in ENRD key areas, litigation, and/or public interest law Who Can Apply: •2Ls and 3Ls must be currently enrolled at least half-time in a law degree program during participation in the law clerk program. •Joint degree and LLM students must be currently enrolled at least half-time and cannot currently be practicing law.

To be eligible for this position, you must: •Be a U.S. citizen •Successfully complete a background check prior to appointment •Have been a resident of the United States for at least 36 months out of the previous 5 years prior to their prospective start date. Active duty military and Foreign Service employees posted abroad are exempt from this requirement.

Uncompensated. We will coordinate with students who are eligible to receive academic or work study credit from their law school.


How to Apply:

Application Process:
You must submit the following materials in a single email with the subject line “[Your Last Name, First Name] Spring 2023 Law Clerk Application” to •Section Application Form* (posted at •Cover letter, which must include the number of weeks you are available to work during the spring semester (there is a minimum 10 weeks commitment) •Resume, which must include your country of citizenship •Writing sample •Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial). •Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation are not required) •The Section Application Form requires you to select which of ENRD’s nine Sections you are applying to. Your application will only be evaluated by the Sections you select on your Section Application Form. *These documents must be submitted in PDF format as 6 separate attachments.