Summer Legal Internships

ELAW 2010 legal interns Ashley White and Joanna Reilly-Brown
ELAW 2010 legal interns Ashley White & Joanna Reilly-Brown

ELAW hosts a summer legal intern program in our Eugene, Oregon office for students studying for a J.D. or equivalent degree. The U.S. office of ELAW gives public interest environmental lawyers around the world access to the scientific and legal resources in the U.S. and the lessons of more than 30 years of using law to protect the environment. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance from overseas advocates. These requests generate both short- and long-term projects.

Projects may include obtaining information about multinational companies; identifying model statutes and regulations; researching case precedents; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda to send to overseas colleagues and communicate directly with these lawyers. The Staff Attorneys work directly with the interns and oversee all projects.

Applications should be submitted by February 25th. ELAW begins interviewing selected applicants in early March.

How To Apply

To apply for a summer legal internship in Eugene, Oregon, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample (less than 10 pages), and a list of three references (including phone numbers) to:

ELAW 2009 Legal Intern: Brett Pruess
ELAW 2009 Legal Intern, Brett Pruess at the summit of South Sister, Oregon Cascade Range (no calls, please).

Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest environmental law. Proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred, but not required. ELAW actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds.

The ELAW summer legal internship involves considerable English-language research and writing, plus frequent research of U.S. laws. If you are an applicant from a non-English speaking country, ELAW requires the following proficiency scores to be considered for an internship:

Paper-based TOEFL: 600

Computer-based TOEFL: 245

Internet-based TOEFL: 100


At ELAW's discretion, we will work with summer internship applicants who wish to provide alternative proof of English language proficiency. This may include a telephone conversation with a member of ELAW staff to evaluate an individual's level of fluency.

Due to limited resources, we are unable to provide funding for interns. We encourage interested applicants to look for alternate sources of funding, including their law school. Previous legal interns have obtained academic credit through educational institutions for their work
at ELAW.