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Law Clerk - Spring and Summer, 2021

JOB TITLE:  Law Clerk
DIVISION/SITE:  Headquarters, Washington DC & Denver, CO
DEPARTMENT: Conservation Law
REPORTS TO: Staff Attorneys

Basic Summary:

Defenders of Wildlife’s staff is comprised of a variety of wildlife experts, including a legal team with a successful record at the forefront of wildlife law and legal advocacy. The Conservation Law division offers clerkships to select law students with a commitment to wildlife conservation. This position is designed to provide a wide range of legal, programmatic, and administrative experience relating to conservation issues of national significance. The clerkship program covers a diverse range of environmental issues from endangered species to federal lands management, and is a terrific opportunity for law students dedicated to conservation and wildlife law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Provide research, writing, and general administrative support for our domestic projects
·        Draft, analyze, and make recommendations to our conservation attorneys regarding domestic and international conservation law projects
·        Perform all other related duties as assigned. 



Currently enrolled in Law School


Interest or experience in environmental issues. Other relevant experience relevant to the missions of Defenders of Wildlife


·        An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
·        Strong writing, research, media, and verbal communications skills

Work Expectations:

Work Environment:

General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply:

Submit a letter of interest, writing sample, transcript, resume, and DEIJ Statement (see below) in our jobs portal at

Defenders recognizes the value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) among our workforce and base of supporters and is committed to incorporating these values into our organizational identity.

Please submit a statement of no more than 250 words explaining the importance of DEIJ in the environmental legal field to you. Example topics include (1) contributions you have made to strengthen DEIJ at your law school or in your legal community, (2) why DEIJ is important in the legal profession and/or the environmental and conservation movement, or (3) a description of your experiences and how they have shaped your personal growth and/or your interest in environmental law.
For more information about DEIJ we encourage you to visit Training Resources for the Environmental Community’s Resource Library and the American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Center. We also welcome you to visit Defenders’ values page.

About Defenders:

Defenders of Wildlife embraces the values of fairness and equity in society – including our workplace and our movement. We are committed to providing a professional, fair and safe workplace free of harassment and discrimination. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. More than co-workers, we are teammates and partners in our mutual goal of respecting our planet and all who live on it.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.