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Equal Justice Works Law Fellow

Equal Justice Works Law Fellow

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff – a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


NRDC is seeking a current third year law student or recent law graduate to apply with NRDC for funding for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Equal Justice Works Fellowships ( provide funding for recent graduates to work in a term-limited capacity at a host organization on a specific project, which the fellow-applicant and host organization design together. The fellow-applicant would craft a proposal (with guidance from NRDC attorneys) to work in our environmental defense initiative focusing on fighting regulatory rollback efforts by Congress and the Trump Administration. Areas of focus of the project could include defending common-sense regulatory safeguards, ensuring regulatory transparency and open government, and fighting so-called "regulatory reform." Possible strategies available to the fellow would be: litigation, legislative advocacy, coalition building within the broader advocacy community, and policy analysis and advocacy.



The fellowship would be based in NRDC’s Washington, DC office, and the position remains subject to internal approval procedures.


  • Work with NRDC attorneys to craft and submit a fellowship proposal to Equal Justice Works

If the prospective fellow is awarded funding:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis
  • Conduct federal legislative advocacy
  • Network and collaborate with other advocacy organizations
  • Conduct policy research and analysis



  • Law degree (at the time of the beginning of the fellowship)
  • Eligibility to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship (for a fellowship beginning in fall 2018), and the ability to complete the application process by the deadline
  • A solid foundation in administrative law
  • Passion for public interest environmental law
  • Strong communication skills, especially the ability to translate administrative law jargon into plain language and communicate to expert and lay audiences how regulations affect people’s lives
  • Strong legal writing ability as well as the ability to write for a non-expert audience
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work hard, efficiently, and independently
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill or in an administrative agency is preferred but not required

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


Applicants should be prepared to complete the Equal Justice Works application (including securing letters of recommendations) by the September deadline.  To apply, please attach a cover letter, resume, and a brief legal writing sample when submitting your application for this position.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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