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Law Fellow - 2019-2020

Job Type: Law Fellow

Practice Areas: Marine Conservation, including Environmental, Energy and International Law, Litigation, Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Legislation, and General Organizational Support

About the Law Department:

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; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Job Description:

The Law Fellow position is designed for recent law school graduates with an interest in marine conservation. Law Fellows will be provided work experience commensurate with their skills in a variety of aspects of the Law Department’s work. For example, Law Fellows perform legal and factual research, draft legal memoranda and other legal documents, participate in Law Department and campaign meetings, assist in supervision of Law Clerks, analyze legislation, help implement lobbying strategies, and attend court or Congressional hearings. Law Fellows may also be asked to support Oceana’s corporate legal compliance needs. The Law Fellow is expected to work full-time for one year beginning fall 2019.


Applicants must possess a law degree (Juris Doctor) from an ABA-approved law school by the start of the fellowship. 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 as well as prior legal experience are preferable.


This is a paid position with full employee benefits. Oceana also welcomes applications from individuals who have, or may be able to obtain, fellowship funding from outside organizations in lieu of or in addition to the salary.

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:  November 30, 2018


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.