Employment Opportunity: Law Clerk, Fall 2019 | Oceana
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Law Clerk, Fall 2019


About Oceana and the Law Department

Oceana is an international organization that focuses solely on oceans and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting scientific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. These campaigns are primarily national, and at times international. The campaigns are led by teams of dedicated and talented scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates focused on measuring and achieving tangible results for the oceans.

The Law Department supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives by providing legal advice to Oceana’s staff, drafting comment letters, developing and supporting strategic federal litigation, and counseling on legal aspects of advocacy materials. The Law Department’s marine conservation work involves a variety of domestic laws, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as international treaties. Oceana’s campaigns focus on promoting responsible fishing; combating seafood fraud; stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; defending U.S. environmental laws; protecting at risk marine species, such as the North Atlantic right whale and sharks; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

General Summary

Oceana seeks a Law Clerk to assist the Law Department. The Law Clerk position is designed for a current law school student with an interest in marine conservation. The Law Clerk will be provided work experience commensurate with the law student’s skills in a variety of aspects of the Law Department’s work.

Law Clerks during spring and fall semesters are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week for 10 weeks with a preference for 15-20 hours/week or in accordance with any externship program requirements. Law Clerks during the summer are expected to work full time (40 hours/week) for a minimum of 10 weeks with a preference for 12 weeks or in accordance with any externship program requirements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Law Clerk works closely with the Senior Counsel and the Law Department. The Law Clerk may be responsible for the following:

·         Analyzing legislation related to marine conservation and Oceana campaigns;

·         Performing legal and factual research on legal matters related to Oceana’s campaigns;

·         Assisting the Senior Counsel on matters related to advocacy campaigns;

·         Providing support for Oceana’s corporate legal compliance needs; and

·         Other duties assigned based on skill set of law clerk and prior experience with subject matter areas


Examples of tasks include:

·         Drafting legal memoranda and other legal documents

·         Attending court or Congressional hearings

·         Conducting legal analysis on campaign initiatives

·         Participating in Law Department and campaign meetings

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-approved law program.

Other Qualifications:

·         Excellent research and writing skills;

·         Adaptable to changing plans in a dynamic work environment;

·         Maturity to support a team effort;

·         Strong work ethic;

·         Good judgment;

·         Strong analytical and organizational skills;

·         Ability to take initiative and be creative in suggesting and implementing ways to accomplish Oceana’s goals; and

·         Computer literacy and ability to use latest technologies in operation in current modern office environments.


·         Law School Credit:  Oceana welcomes applications from students in externship programs or work-study programs for law school credit;

·         Third-Party Funding:  Oceana also welcomes law students who receive funding from their law school or other sources; or

·         Pay:  Hourly wage is commensurate with level of experience.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and undergraduate transcript, a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. Please include all documents in one searchable .pdf file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Oceana Law Department Hiring Committee

Washington, D.C.

E-mail: legalhiring@oceana.org

Deadline August 30, 2019

“Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.”