Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Spring Legal Extern

    Job Locations US-CA-Santa Monica
    Posted Date 6 months ago(1/4/2019 9:36 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Nature [405000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   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 of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    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.



    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


    • 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

    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 identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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