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Region 3, the Mid-Atlantic Region

Summer and Academic Year Law Clerkship Positions with EPA Region III's Office of Regional Counsel

About the Clerkship
EPA's Mid-Atlantic Office of Regional Counsel, an equal opportunity employer, has volunteer clerkship positions available during the summer for first- and second-year law students.  We will consider students who qualify for work-study funds, but only where EPA is not required to contribute financially to the work-study program.

Summer law clerks undertake a variety of tasks, including complex research projects and the drafting of legal documents under the supervision of staff attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel.  We also encourage clerks to accompany staff attorneys to client meetings, negotiating sessions, trials, hearings, and depositions.

Although our summer clerkships are not salaried positions, our selection process is quite competitive.  Qualified candidates should have strong academic credentials and excellent legal research and writing skills.  Previous experience or demonstrated interest in environmental or administrative law is helpful, but not required for prospective law clerks.  We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

The 2014 summer program will run from May 28 to August 8.

Seminar Program
As part of the summer law clerk program, the Office of Regional Counsel holds weekly seminars for law clerks concerning EPA's environmental law practice.  The seminars are presented by EPA staff attorneys and are designed to give our law clerks a deeper understanding of current environmental legal issues.  Former summer clerks have praised the seminar program as a highlight of their clerking experience.  Seminars presented during recent summers include “Global Warming: Is There Any Law Out There?,” “Environmental Justice Issues in EPA Region 3,” and "Anatomy of an Environmental Crimes Investigation and Prosecution." 

Application Process
Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for three references, and
  • A copy of your most recent law school transcript

We highly encourage applicants to apply via e-mail to r3_orclawclerkships@epa.gov.  All application materials sent via e-mail should be consolidated into a single .pdf file. 

Applicants may instead send copies of application materials to: the Program’s secretary, Tanya Williams, at the following address:

Tanya Williams (3RC00)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
(215) 814-2146

The application deadline is February 15, 2014. For 2Ls, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.  1Ls should apply once they have received their first semester grades.  1Ls who will not receive their first semester grades prior to February 15, however, should submit their applications prior to EPA’s deadline and supplement their applications once they receive their grades.

Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis and will begin in January.  The summer class will not be filled prior to the deadline. 

Spring and Fall Semester Clerkships
EPA Region 3’s Office of Regional Counsel also has full- and part-time volunteer law clerk positions available during the academic year.  Many of our academic-year law clerks earn course credit from their law schools for their clerkships.  The application deadlines for academic year clerkships are June 15 for the Fall semester and November 15 for the Spring semester.  Interested students should apply in the same manner and with the same materials as listed above.  Please indicate that you are applying for a Spring or Fall clerkship in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in your cover letter.   

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