Summer Legal Internships
ELAW hosts a summer legal intern program in our Eugene, Oregon office for students studying for a J.D. or equivalent degree. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance from grassroots attorneys around the world. These requests generate both short and long-term projects on a wide range of legal topics, including climate change, plastic pollution, fossil fuel 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 Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.
The internship is full-time for approximately 10 weeks. 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 fellowship. Interns may participate in the internship remotely.
The application period for the Summer 2022 legal internship is not open yet. We will likely begin to invite applications in mid-October 2021.
Summer Legal Internships
ELAW hosts a summer legal intern program in our Eugene, Oregon office for students studying for a J.D. or equivalent degree. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance from overseas advocates. Projects may include obtaining information about multinational companies; identifying model statutes and regulations; researching U.S. and foreign case precedents; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda and communicate directly with these lawyers. Interns also have the opportunity to meet with and assist advocates participating in ELAW’s Fellowship program. The Staff Attorneys work directly with the interns and oversee all projects.
Applications should be submitted by February 25th. ELAW interviews selected candidates on a rolling basis, starting in late January.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org (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.