Career Development

The faculty and staff 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 varies, but often includes supervised research and practical experience through clinic and externship work, and may include applying for a public interest law fellowship to do work in the summer. Additionally, faculty, alumni, and upper-level law students are available to mentor you. 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. Below are a number of links for both current students and alumni to assist in developing a career path and looking for jobs.

WCL Students: Sign-up to Join the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Land Use, and Construction Law Faculty Practice Group and check out the Internship/Externship Database!

Alumni: Check out our new Current Job Listings website and our Alumni page!

Career Panel Webcast:

In Spring 2012, the Environmental Law Society and the Office of Career and Professional Development held a Environmental Law Career Panel featuring 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; and, Mike Walker, Director, National Enforcement Training Institute, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Watch the webcast!

Law School & University Resources

Legal Employment

The following websites have information on legal jobs specifically.

General Employment

The following websites list a variety of legal and non-legal jobs, including in the environmental field.

  • USA Jobs: lists jobs at federal agencies.
  • Idealist.org: 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.

Environmental Employment

These websites compile information and listings of environmental jobs:

Many of the following NGOs, law firms, and government agencies have an environmental (or related) focus and a connection to WCL, and list available jobs on their websites.