Environmental Attorney Fellowship

The Environmental Attorney Fellowship has been filled! Please check back in Fall 2021 for future opportunities.

Advocates for the West seeks to host one highly qualified and motivated lawyer for our Environmental Attorney Fellowship. Fellows, who are typically recent law school graduates, work closely with Advocates for the West’s attorneys—primarily on federal court environmental litigation. Job activities will include legal and factual research, litigation and pre-litigation support, and legal writing, all under the supervision of an attorney. Legal fellows typically have opportunities to work closely with clients, conduct field visits, attend court proceedings, and draft and file complaints and briefs in federal court. The fellowship is intended to be a springboard to a successful career in public interest environmental law and advocacy.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be law school graduates or law students who will graduate before the fellowship starts. By the time the fellowship begins, applicants must be admitted to the bar or must have recently taken a bar exam and be awaiting admission to the bar. Strong writing skills and a demonstrated interest in environmental matters and litigation are preferred. Advocates for the West values diversity and encourages students from underrepresented communities to apply.

COMPENSATION: This position is for lawyers who are able to obtain outside funding from law school public interest fellowships or other sources. Advocates for the West will pay for health care and other benefits that our staff receive, if those are not provided by the outside funding source.

DURATION: The Environmental Attorney Fellowship is for one year, starting in Summer or Fall 2020. Advocates for the West may be willing to extend the fellowship beyond one year and provide compensation for a second year at the same level as the outside funding. 

LOCATION: It is strongly preferred that the fellow work out of our Boise office. However, candidates with a compelling need or desire to work in Portland will be considered.