Summer 2022 Environmental Law Internship
ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use
the law to protect the environment and human rights. ELAW U.S. 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 (US and international
law), assist with writing briefs or other legal analyses, and help identify model laws
and regulations. ELAW U.S. Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all
The internship is full-time for approximately 10 weeks starting mid- to late May.
ELAW U.S. encourages successful applicants to secure funding from scholarships or
their law schools, but such funding is not a factor in selecting interns. ELAW U.S.
will supplement outside funding to ensure interns receive US$6,000 for the 10-week
For applicants attending U.S. law schools:
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 U.S. 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). Applications must be submitted by December
3, 2021. ELAW U.S. staff will review applications on a rolling basis.
ELAW offers the option of conducting the internship in person at our office in
Eugene, OR, or remotely.
For applicants attending law schools outside the U.S.:
We welcome applications from students engaged in at least their second year of
graduate law study (working toward a degree equivalent to at least a JD in the U.S.)
or LLM students. Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and
writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest environmental law.
The ELAW U.S. summer legal internship involves considerable English-language
research and writing, plus frequent research of U.S. laws. For applicants from non-
English speaking countries, ELAW U.S. requires the following proficiency scores to
be considered for an internship:
Internet-based TOEFL: 88
Paper-based TOEFL: 600
Test results must be less than two years (24 months) from the testing date. ELAW
recognizes that access to English-language proficiency tests like TOEFL and IELTS
may present a barrier to some internship applicants. At ELAW's discretion, we will
work with summer internship applicants who wish to provide alternative proof of
English language proficiency.
ELAW U.S. anticipates providing internship opportunities in languages other than
English in the future. However, at present, the internship is designed for students
capable of performing legal research and writing in English.
To apply for a summer legal internship, please submit a cover letter, resume,
English-language writing sample (less than 10 pages). Applications must be
submitted by December 3, 2021. ELAW U.S. staff will review applications on a
For students located outside the U.S., the internship will be conducted remotely.