Career Development

The faculty of the Environmental Law Program and the staff in the Office of Career & Professional Development work with each student to develop an individualized environmental career plan. This individualized program often includes supervised research and practical experience through Clinic and Externship work. During the summer, students can apply for public interest law fellowships. In addition, mentoring is available with faculty, alumni, and upper-level law students. Our environmental law graduates, both JD and LL.M., work in a wide range of environmental fields and can provide students with access to a wide range of employment opportunities.

WCL Students: Sign-up to Join the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Land Use, and Construction Law Faculty Practice Group to be on our listserve!

During the Spring 2012 semester, the Environmental Law Society and the Office of Career and Professional Development held a Environmental Law Career Panel. The career panel featured lawyers from government, law firms, and non-profits. Panelists included:

  • Professor Amanda Leiter (moderator)
  • Stacy Coleman, Associate Attorney, Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section
  • Carroll Muffett, President and CEO, Center for International Environmental Law
  • Daniel Squire, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP
  • Stacey VanBelleghem, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mike Walker, Director, National Enforcement Training Institute, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Watch the webcast!

Law School & University Resources

Environmental and Energy Internship/Externship Database
The Environmental Law Society maintains a database of internship opportunities at organizations working on environmental and energy law in the DC area, around the U.S., and internationally.

WCL Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD)
Search job listings, sign up for on-campus interviews, get career counseling

WCL Supervised Externship Program
Search on-line database of Externship opportunities.

American University Career Center
Search job listings and get career counseling.


General Employment

The following are websites that list a variety of jobs including ones in the environmental field.
A project of Action Without Borders, idealist allows people to search for jobs, internships, events, etc. in the non-profit sector (concentrating on work that finds solutions to social and environmental problems). It includes listings for employment opportunities around the world.

USA Jobs
This website lists jobs at all federal agencies

Legal Employment

The following websites have information on legal jobs specifically.

Find Law - Jobs
Invaluable site with job listings, salary information and other resources. Jobs
Law firm directory, recruiting, resume post and other information.

National Association for Law Placement
Source of information on legal career planning and recruitment.

Environmental Employment

The following websites have information on jobs in the environmental field.

Environmental headlines, jobs, internships, and advocacy tips. Contains a page with links to other job websites.

Environmental Career Opportunities
Links to various environmental and general job listings

Environmental Careers Organization
A Clearinghouse that provides space for posting resumes, posting jobs, and searching jobs to match job seekers with eco-employers.

Green Careers Center (GCC)
Assists individuals and employers in finding and recruiting for green jobs. Lists environmental jobs.

Cyber-Sierra's Natural Resources Job Search
Contains a listing and provides information about getting jobs in the natural resources, ecology, and environmental disciplines. Jobs can be searched by category.

ENDS: Environmental Jobs
Listing of jobs in the UK, Europe, etc., requires registration for access

EcoEmploy: Environmental Jobs and Careers
Links to environmental opportunities in the USA and Canada.

National Association of Environmental Law Societies
Links environmental law societies, alumni, professionals, etc.

A website that provides environmental news and commentary. The site also has a jobs listing section that lists a variety of environmental jobs across the country.

A website that provides environmental law jobs in Washington, DC and on which you can search for environmental law jobs in other cities.

Environmental Consulting
Provides career advice from professionals about getting a job in the environmental consulting field.

Environmental Employers

The following is a list of a variety of environmental employers many of whom have some connection to WCL.

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P
Amnesty International
Beveridge & Diamond, L.L.P
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for International Environmental Law
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Conservation Law Foundation
Defenders of Wildlife
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Department of Interior
Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division
Earth Rights International
Environmental Industry Association
Environmental Law Institute
Environmental Protection Agency
Friends of the Earth
Indian Law Resource Center
Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Inter-American Development Bank
Land Trust Alliance
Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal
National Audubon Society
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Conservancy
Organization of American States
Sierra Club
World Wildlife Fund
The World Bank Group