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Law Clerk Program- San Francisco, CA

Organization: The Center for Biologic Diversity

Position Title: Law Clerk

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hours and Compensation: full time (40 hr/wk) unpaid

Application Deadline: for Summer 2014: Rolling deadline, all applications due by October 1, 2013


Organization Overview

The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.


The San Francisco office is a hub of legal activity, with more than 15 attorneys working on cutting-edge environmental law issues. Law clerks are likely to work on projects concerning ocean protection, climate change, public lands, toxics, water and urban wildlands. Law clerks will assist with the preparation of litigation, administrative advocacy and policy development. Full-time positions are 40 hours per week during the summer; part-time positions require a minimum of 20 hours per week during the school year.


Law clerks will conduct legal research and writing. Law clerks may prepare legal memos, assist with brief writing, prepare filings, investigate new cases and draft official policy comments. On occasion, law clerks may have opportunities to observe court arguments or attend agency hearings.


The law clerk position requires strong legal research and writing skills. Creative, motivated and good-humored law students are encouraged to apply. Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred. All law clerk positions are unpaid, but students with federal work-study eligibility may be accommodated under special circumstances. The Center qualifies for externship credit for most law school programs.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a résumé, a writing sample, a transcript and references to: Please provide your name and the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 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.

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