Internship: Oceana, Law Clerk Spring 2017 (Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016, Washington, DC)


Law Clerk Spring 2017

Job Type: UNPAID INTERNSHIP – Legal: Organizational

Practice Areas: Environmental, Litigation, Energy, Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Legislative Issues

About the Legal Department

The Legal Department supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives by providing legal advice to Oceana’s staff, drafting comment letters, bringing strategic federal litigation, and reviewing advocacy materials. The Legal Department’s work largely involves the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Oceana’s campaigns focus on promoting responsible fishing, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Job Description

The Legal Department seeks to host one or more volunteer Law Clerks who have an interest in ocean conservation and environmental law. Law Clerks perform legal and factual research, draft research memoranda and legal documents, review and analyze administrative records, analyze legislation, help implement lobbying strategies, and attend court or Congressional hearings. We currently have several clerkships open for spring 2017. Law Clerks must work for a minimum of 10 weeks; school schedules will be accommodated. Preference will be given to students willing to work 15-20 hours a week.


Applicants should be enrolled in a law program by the start of the clerkship, excellent research and writing skills, a solid academic record, the maturity to support a team effort, strong work ethic, sense of initiative, and good judgment.


This is a VOLUNTEER position. Law Clerks will not be compensated, but Oceana welcomes applications from students in work-study programs or externship programs, as well as students who receive funding from their law school or other sources or who wish to gain experience in both policy and litigation work on a volunteer basis.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and undergraduate transcript, a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. Please include all documents in one searchable .pdf file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Hiring Attorney

Washington, DC

Deadline:  September 30, 2016

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