Department of Justice - Environment and Natural Resources Division -Environmental Enforcement Section (Washington, D.C.)

Credit: 10 credits
Number of Positions: 1-2

The Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) is responsible for representing the United States in federal civil enforcement of all major environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Students assist Justice trial attorneys by conducting research and drafting memoranda, discovery, motions and briefs. Students may participate in conference calls and strategy planning sessions with counsel and technical experts and attend depositions, negotiations or court hearings, if held in the Washington, D.C., area. This externship is available in the fall, spring and summer. Students are required to work 40 hours per week for 13 weeks.

Prerequisites: Environmental Law. Students must be U.S. citizens and must have completed three semesters of law school. Students are not certified for student practice.

Recommended Courses: Administrative Law, Environmental Legal Research, Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction. Students should attend the library’s workshop on PACER or schedule a private tutorial with a research librarian.

Selection Process: The EES has an established “internship” program. Application decisions are made on a rolling basis. Summer internships are usually filled only through job fairs EES attends around the country. Fall internships are usually filled by the preceding March, and spring internships by the preceding October. Information about the internship is available at Students may also contact Joseph Hurley of EES for information about the intern program by e-mailing him at, or by calling him at 202.514.3856. Selection is based on the student’s academic record and research and writing skills. In addition, background, experience or interest in environmental law, litigation or in public interest law are taken into account. The EES prefers applicants who can work full-time for the semester. Students should indicate on the EES internship application how many hours a week they can work. In order to enroll in the Florida State College of Law “externship” at the EES, students must have applied and been accepted for an internship at the EES.

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