Law Clerks-Externs

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Law


Oceana's Legal Department seeks current law students who have an interest in ocean conservation or environmental law to serve as law clerks or externs.  The legal team brings strategic federal litigation to advance marine conservation goals (mainly under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act) and supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives.  Oceana’s current campaigns focus on encouraging responsible fisheries, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; and advocating clean offshore energy while fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.  More information is available at


Those interested should possess excellent research and writing skills, a solid academic record, the maturity to support a team effort, strong work ethic, sense of initiative and good judgment.  Law clerks may be asked to perform legal and factual research, review and analyze administrative records, draft research memoranda and legal documents, analyze legislation and help implement lobbying strategies, attend court and/or Congressional hearings, and participate in staff meetings. We have positions available for fall 2013 and spring and summer 2014. Clerks must work for a minimum of 10 weeks; school schedules will be accommodated.  Clerks will not be compensated, but Oceana encourages applications from students in work-study programs or externship programs that provide credit, as well as students who receive funding from their law school or other sources.


How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Please include a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial or official), a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references.