Employment Opportunity: Law Clerk - Summer 2019 | Oceana USA

Law Clerk - Summer 2019


Practice Areas: Marine Conservation, including Environmental, Energy and International Law, Litigation, Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Legislation, and General Organizational Support

About the Law Department:

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; advocating for clean offshore energy; and fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Job Description:

The Law Clerk position is designed for a current law school student with an interest in marine conservation. Law Clerks will be provided work experience commensurate with their skills in a variety of aspects of the Law Department’s work. For example, Law Clerks perform legal and factual research, draft legal memoranda and other legal documents, participate in Law Department and campaign meetings, analyze legislation, help implement lobbying strategies, and attend court or Congressional hearings. Law Clerks may also be asked to support Oceana’s corporate legal compliance needs. Law Clerks generally work full-time (40 hours/week) for a minimum of 10 weeks. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to work full-time for 12 weeks. Law students in full-time externships or work-study programs are also welcome to apply.


Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-approved law program. 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 are preferable.


  • Law School Credit:  Oceana welcomes applications from students in externship programs or work-study programs for law school credit;
  • Third-Party Funding:  Oceana also welcomes law students who receive funding from their law school or other sources; or
  • Pay:  Hourly wage is commensurate with level of experience.

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.

Deadline:  February 4, 2019


Law Clerk Summer 2019