Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Legal Fall Extern

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Monica
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/12/2020 9:36 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Litigation [103000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy 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 the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.   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. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a legal extern in our Santa Monica office. The externship may be part-time or full-time with a flexible start date of late August or early September 2020. NRDC seeks candidates who are eligible for academic credit, or outside funding such as law school work-study or postgraduate fellowship funding, to support their externship work. NRDC will work with successful candidates to complete any paperwork necessary to help secure available credit or funding.


The legal extern will work under the supervision of at least one attorney to support their work. The extern will be given tasks that will help them develop their ability to conduct legal research, review documents, distill and disseminate information to other attorneys and non-legal frontline partners, and draft sections of legal documents. Their work-product will be reviewed to provide them with concrete and constructive feedback.          


The externship is designed for current law students. In assessing candidates, we will look for:

  • Strong legal writing and analytical skills;
  • Strong oral communication skills;
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork;
  • Creativity and resourcefulness;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, social justice, and/or environmental justice;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people with different social identities than their own (including race, gender identity or expression, sexual identity or orientation, age, class, and disability); and
  • Record of academic and/or professional accomplishment.


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-presented in the environmental movement. 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.


This posting will be open until filled. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply soon.


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, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying onlineplease reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


For further information about NRDC, please visit


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