Charles Koob Litigation Fellow

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1152 15th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Natural Resources Defense Council
Street address: 
1152 15th Street NW, Suite 300
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

NRDC is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as the Charles Koob Litigation Fellow. This two-year fellowship is available starting in September 2018. The Fellow will focus on litigation to redress environmental and public health harms, including air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. The Fellow will represent NRDC and its members in federal or state court litigation, and may work closely with other environmental, labor, and public health groups. The position is a two-year placement, and will likely be based in San Francisco or Washington, DC, depending on candidate preference and NRDC’s needs.

The Fellow will join NRDC’s Litigation Team of 27 attorneys and 6 assistants, and will be supervised by senior NRDC litigators. The Litigation Team brings cases on behalf of NRDC and its programs, which focus on issue areas such as air, energy, and water. The Fellow’s docket will encompass all phases of litigation, from case development through trial and appeals. The Fellow will work closely with NRDC scientists, program attorneys, and experts, and may provide pre-litigation counsel to NRDC programs, or engage in policy advocacy or legislative analysis related to litigation.


• Juris Doctorate within the past three years.
• Admission (or eligibility for admission on motion) to the relevant state bar for the office where the fellow will work.
• Hands-on experience with litigation, such as a judicial clerkship, other post-graduate litigation work, or substantial clinical experience.
• Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
• Excellent academic and professional record.
• Affinity for creative, tough argument.
• Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts.
• Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork.
• Capacity to work hard, efficiently, and independently.
• Commitment to public service or social justice work

To apply: 

• From the posting for this position at , create a profile and upload your resume. Then use the “additional documents” prompts to upload a cover letter; a legal writing sample that does not reflect substantial editing from others; a list of three professional references; and a law school transcript.
• In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this position and specify which offices (among those listed above) you’re able to work in, in order of preference.
• The application deadline is October 6, 2017. NRDC will review applications and schedule interviews for this position on a rolling basis.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, October 6, 2017