CEQ 2018 Fall Legal Clerkship - Direct Apply


Job Description

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues.


Job Requirements

Requirements: CEQ seeks second and third year law students and recent law school graduates who are highly motivated, willing to contribute where needed, and able to exercise professional judgment and maturity. In addition, applicants must be U.S. Citizens. There are no curricular requirements for selection as a law clerk; however, CEQ prefers applicants who have completed environmental law, administrative law, legal research and writing, and statutory interpretation coursework, and whose work experience demonstrates a commitment to environment, energy, or natural resources issues. CEQ also requires a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week, and preference will be given to applicants available for 24+ hours per week. CEQ will work with students who seek school credit for their uncompensated, volunteer service to CEQ. Note: The White House has a zero-tolerance policy for drug use. You will be required to take a drug test prior to beginning your clerkship. Failure to pass the drug test will result in your immediate disqualification.



Prepare the materials in the checklist below and combine them into a single PDF file addressed to the CEQ Attorney Advisor, Howard Sun. Name the PDF file following our convention: Last Name, First Name – 2018 Fall Clerkship Application Date Submitted; e.g., “Smith, Jane – 2018 Fall Clerkship Application 11-01-18.” Email the PDF file to internships@ceq.eop.gov, indicating in the email subject line that you are applying for a Fall Law Clerkship; e.g., “Fall 2018 Law Clerkship Application.”


CEQ will contact selected applicants to interview. Should you need to hear from CEQ sooner, please advise us of this fact by emailing internships@ceq.eop.gov or calling the CEQ mainline at (202) 395-5750 and asking for Howard Sun.


Document Requirements

1. Application form (see below)

2. Cover letter (see instructions below)

3. Resume (1 page maximum)

4. References (see instructions below)

5. Law school transcript (most recent; an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

6. Writing sample (3-5 pages maximum)


The application form can be downloaded here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-01-30_Legal-Clerkship-Application.pdf


Your cover letter should address the following: (1) interest in environment, energy, natural resources, or infrastructure issues; (2) relevant coursework (e.g., Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Legal Research and Writing); and (3) project management, leadership, and/or teamwork experience. Your cover letter (no longer than one page) should be addressed to CEQ Attorney Advisor, Howard Sun.


Your list of references should include three individuals who are able to speak to your legal research, writing, and ability to work well in a fast-paced office environment. This list must include at least one law school professor and one supervising attorney. Please list the names, titles, organizations, phone number, email address, and relationship with you for all references.



The deadline for the CEQ 2018 Fall Legal Clerkship is June 29, 2018