Law Clerks & Interns

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

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.

At this time, we are not accepting applications for summer law clerks, but please check back soon for updates for the summer of 2023.

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.