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U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency. Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC. Our principal office is located at EPA's headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC. OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices: Air and Radiation; Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Water; Cross-Cutting Issues; Alternative Dispute Resolution; General Law; and Civil Rights and Finance Law.

2016 OGC Summer Honors Law Clerk Program

OGC operates a highly competitive, 12-week volunteer Summer Honors Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students) at an American Bar Association accredited law school. OGC seeks law clerks with strong academic credentials who have a demonstrated interest in environmental, administrative, government operations, civil rights, or public interest law. The effectiveness of EPA's legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills, and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our program will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment. EPA is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this student volunteer appointment will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. Law clerks must be U.S. citizens. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience. Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues. The interns are assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills. For more information, please visit: www.epa.gov/ogc.

Students can submit their application by email or mail their applications to: Angela Perkins, OGC Recruitment Coordinator (perkins.angela@epa.gov), Office of General Counsel; Mail Code 2311A; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20460. Those students whose schools we are visiting for on-campus interviews need to apply by the on-campus interview application deadline as determined by their career service office. All mail-in applications must be received by August 31, 2015 (NOT POSTMARKED BY). Applications must include a resume, cover letter, transcript, a writing sample, Demographic Information and references to be considered.

This year, OGC will conduct on-campus interviews at law schools in the Washington, DC area and, for other finalists, will offer either telephone interviews or in-person interviews at certain law schools. Travel expenses to interview locations will not be paid by EPA. OGC expects to conduct interviews in August and September, and begin contacting finalists about hiring decisions in October 2015. The EPA is committed to offering selectees with a summer-long professional development experience. We expect those who accept an offer to honor and adhere to their commitment.


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