Fall Law Clerk (Denver)

Location: Washington, DC and Denver, CO
Supervisor: Staff Attorneys 

Position Description

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  Founded in 1947, Defenders is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. Defenders’ staff is comprised of experts from a variety of fields, including a successful legal team at the forefront of wildlife law and legal advocacy.  Organizational priorities include protecting and restoring imperiled North American wildlife; ensuring conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands, with particular emphasis on national wildlife refuges and national forests; and ensuring the adoption and implementation of a national program for the conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystems in the face of global warming.

The Conservation Law division offers semester-long clerkships to select law students with a commitment to Defenders’ organizational priorities and a strong record of academic performance.  This position is designed to provide a wide range of legal experience relating to conservation issues of national significance, encompassing both litigation and policy advocacy on issues ranging from terrestrial and marine species conservation to federal lands management.  Qualified applicants will be law students with strong legal writing, research and communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy, environmental protection and natural resources conservation.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources. We do offer a transportation stipend, and are happy to work with your school to arrange academic credit. Positions are available on a part-time or full-time basis, from September - December. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research and writing for our Conservation Law program, and perform all other related duties as assigned. 


Education:  Current law student status
Experience:  Interest/experience in environmental issues.  Work or volunteer experience relevant to the mission of Defenders of Wildlife.
Other Qualifications: Strong writing, research, and verbal communications skills.  

How To Apply

Interested applicants should reference Fall Law Clerk (Denver) in the subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume, writing sample (less than 10 pages), list of three references, and a copy of your law school transcript to us via e-mail to: hr@defenders.org.  We strongly encourage early applications, as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.