About Oceana and the Law Department
Oceana is an international organization that focuses solely on oceans and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting scientific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. These campaigns are primarily national, and at times international. The campaigns are led by teams of dedicated and talented scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates focused on measuring and achieving tangible results for the oceans.
The Law Department supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives by providing legal advice to Oceana’s staff, drafting comment letters, developing and supporting strategic federal litigation, and counseling on legal aspects of advocacy materials. The Law Department’s marine conservation work involves a variety of domestic laws, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as international treaties. Oceana’s campaigns focus on promoting responsible fishing; combating seafood fraud; stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; defending U.S. environmental laws; protecting at risk marine species, such as the North Atlantic right whale and sharks; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.
Oceana seeks a Law Clerk to assist the Law Department. The Law Clerk position is designed for a current law school student with an interest in marine conservation. The Law Clerk will be provided work experience commensurate with the law student’s skills in a variety of aspects of the Law Department’s work.
Law Clerks during spring and fall semesters are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week for 10 weeks with a preference for 15-20 hours/week or in accordance with any externship program requirements. Law Clerks during the summer are expected to work full time (40 hours/week) for a minimum of 10 weeks with a preference for 12 weeks or in accordance with any externship program requirements.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Law Clerk works closely with the Senior Counsel and the Law Department. The Law Clerk may be responsible for the following:
Examples of tasks include:
Education and work experience:
Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-approved law program.
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.
Oceana Law Department Hiring Committee
Deadline May 31, 2019
Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.