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Spring Legal Extern

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Santa Monica, CA, USASanta MonicaCAUSA

NRDC is seeking a legal extern to work with the Environmental Justice, Marine Mammals, Water and Air teams in our Santa Monica office. NRDC’s fall legal externs may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to administrative agencies.  NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on substantial responsibility.  Our externs play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement.  Over the course of a school term, an NRDC extern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else. This is an unpaid externship.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Research legal, factual and policy issues relevant to NRDC’s environmental work in Los Angeles

  • Draft, proofread, and edit documents (e.g., research memoranda)
  • Generally assist the Santa Monica attorneys with various projects
  • Contribute 20-30 hours/week over the course of the fall academic term
Educational Background: 
Must be receiving school credit or outside funding equivalent to at least $15/hour in exchange for their work;
  • Enrollment in law school;
  • Outstanding academic record;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple demanding tasks;
  • Ability to work both on a team and independently, prioritize multiple projects, and meet deadlines;
  • Exceptional research, writing and communication skills;
  • Strong interest in environmental issues in the Los Angeles region; and enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission
Job Function: 

Organization Info

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jan 7 2019
Active Until: 
Feb 7 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.