Employment Opportunity: Legal Fellow 2018-2019 | Oceana USA

Legal Fellow 2018-2019

Job Type: FELLOWSHIP - Legal: Organizational

Practice Areas: Environmental, Litigation, Energy, Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Legislative Issues

About the Legal Department

The Legal Department supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives by providing legal advice to Oceana’s staff, drafting comment letters, bringing strategic federal litigation, and reviewing advocacy materials. The Legal Department’s work largely involves the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Oceana’s campaigns focus on promoting responsible fishing, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Job Description

The Legal Department seeks to host a volunteer Law Fellow who has an interest in ocean conservation and environmental law. Law Fellows perform legal and factual research, draft research memoranda and legal documents, participate in legal staff meetings, assist in legal hiring and supervision of legal interns, review and analyze administrative records, communicate with outside attorneys and third parties, analyze legislation, help implement lobbying strategies, and attend court or Congressional hearings. Law Fellows may also be asked to support Oceana’s corporate legal compliance needs. The Law Fellow is expected to work full-time for one year, beginning fall 2018. Some flexibility in the time commitment is possible for exceptional applicants with special circumstances.


Applicants should possess a law degree by the start of the fellowship, excellent research and writing skills, a solid academic record, the maturity to support a team effort, strong work ethic, sense of initiative, and good judgment.


This is a VOLUNTEER position. Oceana welcomes applications from individuals who have, or may be able to obtain, fellowship funding from outside organizations, or who wish to gain experience in both policy and litigation work on a volunteer basis.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and undergraduate transcript, a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. Please include all documents in one searchable .pdf file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Hiring Attorney

Washington, DC

[email protected]

Deadline:  November 1, 2017