ELAW is an international NGO registered in 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. Interns may choose whether to work in Eugene, Oregon or
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 $6,000 for
the 10-week internship.
We welcome applications from current second-year (2L) and LLM students.
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.
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 is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. ELAW collects demographic information from applicants to help us understand whether employment opportunities are reaching candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. Providing this demographic information is voluntary and there will be no impact on your application if you choose not to answer any of these questions. Information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.