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.
- Law School & University Resources
- Legal (General) Employment
- General Employment
- Environmental Employment
- Current Job Listings
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!
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!
- 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, and get career counseling
- CareerLink: an online jobs database maintained by OCPD
- WCL Supervised Externship Program: Search the on-line database of externship opportunities
- American University Career Center: search job listings and get career counseling
The following websites have information on legal jobs specifically.
- Find Law - Jobs: Invaluable site with job listings, salary information and other resources.
- Law.com Jobs: Law firm directory, recruiting, resume post and other information.
- National Association for Law Placement: Source of information on legal career planning and recruitment.
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.
These websites compile information and listings of 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.
- EcoEmploy: Environmental Jobs and Careers: Links to environmental opportunities in the USA and Canada.
- Eco-Net: environmental headlines, jobs, internships & advocacy tips. Contains a page with links to other job websites.
- ENDS: Environmental Jobs: Listing of jobs in the UK, Europe, etc. Requires registration for access.
- 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.
- Indeed: Listing of environmental law jobs in Washington, DC. You can also search for environmental law jobs in other cities.
- National Association of Environmental Law Societies: Links environmental law societies, alumni, professionals, etc.
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.
- Accountability Counsel
- 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 Energy
- Department of Interior
- Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division
- Earth Rights International
- Environmental Law Institute
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Friends of the Earth
- Human Rights Watch
- 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 Waste & Recycling Association (formerly Environmental Industry Association)
- National Wildlife Federation
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Nature Conservancy
- The Ocean Conservancy
- Organization of American States
- Sierra Club
- VanNess Feldman
- World Wildlife Fund
- The World Bank Group