Law Clerks & Interns

Funded Public Interest Environmental Law Clerkships for Current 2Ls
Summer 2022 / Boise, ID & Portland, OR

Advocates for the West seeks two highly qualified and motivated summer law clerks to work closely with our attorneys on our busy docket of environmental litigation during summer 2022.

About Advocates for the WestAdvocates for the West is a leading non-profit public interest environmental law firm that represents conservation groups, Native American Tribes, and individuals, primarily in federal court. During the last 19 years, Advocates for the West has established a successful track record using law and science to protect public lands, fish and wildlife, and clean air and water across the American West.

Position Description: Summer law clerks conduct legal and factual research, provide litigation and pre-litigation support, and draft legal documents, all under the supervision of one or more of our eight attorneys. Law clerks typically have the opportunity to research and write a notice of intent to sue, complaint, and/or a brief, in addition to legal memos. Law clerks work closely with client partners, join in field visits, and attend court proceedings. Law clerks actively participate in our staff meetings, board meetings, public outreach events, and other essential aspects of our work. We also provide weekly seminars and other regular events for summer law clerks to get to know each other, our staff, and other attorneys and conservationists.

Qualifications: Law students who will complete their 2L year by Summer 2022 are eligible to apply. Applicants with strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred. Wevalue diversity and encourage students from communities underrepresented in environmental law to apply.

Locations: One clerk in our Boise, Idaho headquarters, and one clerk in our Portland, Oregon office.

Duration: 10 weeks. Flexible start and end dates.

Compensation: Summer clerkships include a stipend of $7,500.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and recent writing sample to with the subject “Summer Clerk”. Indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in Boise, Portland, or either. We are accepting applications now through October 1. We intend to conduct interviews in mid-October.

Other Opportunities: We also occasionally host legal externs or legal volunteers in both offices throughout the year. If you are currently a law student looking to further your knowledge of environmental litigation, consider a clerkship or internship with us! All hiring occurs in late summer / early fall. If you are a Lewis and Clark Law School student interested in externing or interning in our Portland office during the school year, please contact the school’s externship coordinator for placement information.