ELAW is an international NGO registered in the U.S. state of Oregon that supports a
network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to
protect the environment and human rights. ELAW provides legal and scientific
resources to grassroots advocates in approximately 80 countries. Legal interns
assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance. These requests
generate both short and long-term assignments on a wide range of legal topics,
including climate change, plastic pollution, natural resource extraction, and marine
protection. Interns typically conduct legal research, write memos, assist with
drafting briefs or other legal analyses, and help identify model laws and regulations.
ELAW Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.
The internship is full-time (40 hours/week) for approximately 10 weeks between
late May and September, and is conducted remotely. ELAW encourages successful
applicants to secure funding from scholarships or their law schools, but such
funding is not a factor in selecting interns. ELAW will supplement outside funding
to ensure interns receive US $6,000 for the 10-week internship.
We welcome applications from students engaged in at least their second year of
graduate law study or LLM students. Successful applicants generally possess
excellent research and writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest
The ELAW summer legal internship involves considerable communication in
English. For applicants from non-English speaking countries, we will work with
applicants to identify the best method of establishing proof of English language
proficiency. ELAW also accepts the following proficiency scores:
Internet-based TOEFL: 88
Paper-based TOEFL: 600
Test results must be less than two years (24 months) from the testing date.
To apply for a summer legal internship, please submit a cover letter, resume, and
writing sample (less than 10 pages) through this web page.
Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2022. ELAW staff will review
applications on a rolling basis.
ELAW does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability,
socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, status with regards to public assistance, or
immigration status. ELAW is committed to justice and equity and our outreach,
recruitment, and hiring practices reflect our commitment to actively developing the
skills of a diverse community.