Position: Southern Environmental Law Center, Associate Attorney (entry-level) (Deadline: rolling; Nashville, TN & Charleston, SC)

2 separate positions advertised.



Below is the position description for the Charleston, SC opening; a similar position description applies to the Nashville, TN opening.  Both can be accessed directly via the links above.

Associate Attorney: Charleston, SC (Immediate Opening/Fall 2017)

The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting applications for an associate attorney position in its office in Charleston, South Carolina. Start date is as soon as possible, although we are also accepting applications from candidates who would not be able to start until summer/fall 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues in the Southeast and the nation. Associates gain valuable experience and knowledge working with more senior attorneys on litigation and legal advocacy in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. The term for this associate position is two years with the option for a third year.

Qualifications and Compensation:

These entry-level positions are open to recent law graduates and practicing attorneys. A strong academic background and commitment to SELC’s mission are required. Litigation experience or background in environmental law preferred. Salary is $64,000 – 70,000 depending on experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Interested persons should apply now.

To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, résumé, law school transcript (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and at least three references to Rachel Pruzin, Southern Environmental Law Center, 463 King Street, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403, or email to charlestonscjobs@selcsc.org. PLEASE INCLUDE “SC ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY APPLICATION” IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

Please note we will soon be accepting applications for Associate Attorney positions in our Nashville, Atlanta, Chapel Hill, and Charlottesville offices positions commencing in the late summer or fall of 2017, and applications for those positions should be submitted to those offices directly. Although these (along with Charleston) are the only five offices for which we anticipate accepting applications in the near term, there is a possibility of openings in one or more of our other locations listed above.  Candidates with a strong interest in any of those other locations should note that in their letters of interest.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

About SELC: SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of 130, with 68 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

August 2016

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