Job Title / Location:     Summer Law Clerk – Helena, Montana/Eugene, Oregon
Direct Supervisor:     Melissa Hornbein, Senior Attorney & Rocky Mountains Legal Intern Coordinator / Sangye Ince-Johannsen, Attorney & Pacific Northwest Legal Intern Coordinator
Time of Work:     Full-time; 1.0 FTE (max 40 hours per week)
Classifications:     Temporary; Non-Exempt; Hourly
Employment Term:     May, 2023 to August, 2023
Application Deadline:     February 6, 2023

Organization Summary:

The Western Environmental Law Center (“WELC”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest environmental law firm that uses the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. Our work is unified by our mission and our consequent role in strategic discussions and choices about conservation. In our view, the practice of law encompasses much more than just sound legal research and writing, but, more broadly, sound advocacy. It is our hope that through this mission and our work, we will provide an excellent learning experience for you.

Position Summary and General Responsibilities:

We are accepting applications from law students currently in their second year of law school (2L) for summer 2023 law clerk positions in these WELC office locations: Helena, Montana and Eugene, Oregon. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law and to WELC’s mission and advocacy. These are temporary, full-time, non-exempt, hourly positions with a compensation of $25.00 per hour. Benefits are not included. These temporary positions will begin late May 2023 and last for a period of 10 weeks at 40 hours per week.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected summer law clerks will work with WELC attorneys in all aspects of case development. This work may include developing litigation strategies; conducting legal research; attending client meetings and court appearances; and drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents. We prefer that the summer law clerk work in-person at the office location for which they are hired, at least for a portion of the 10-week clerkship. For in-person participation, WELC will provide a housing stipend of up to $200 per month to offset the expense for temporary housing as well as a travel expense reimbursement for the cost of a plane ticket or for up to $500 per direction if driving. However, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and housing expenses, we are open to remote participation as well and will take into consideration state or federal public health orders that are issued prior to and during the clerkship. Summer law clerks must agree to comply with WELC’s COVID-19 policy.

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be a law student who has completed their second year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLM to be eligible;
  • Outstanding research and writing skills;
  • A demonstrated interest in public interest environmental law;
  • Law school coursework or experience in administrative law and environmental law strongly preferred.

We strongly encourage people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates to apply. To apply, please email the following as a single PDF attachment to :

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume;
  3. unofficial transcript;
  4. short writing sample of 3-5 pages; and
  5. a list of three references.

Please indicate the following in your cover letter:

  1. The WELC office location to which you are applying (if you wish to apply for both locations, please specify your order of preference);
  2. Your anticipated dates of availability for the summer position; and
  3. Whether you would be interested in an in-person, remote, or hybrid experience.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. Applications received by Monday, February 6, 2023 will be given first consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will be conducted by phone or video conference.

If you need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, interview, or some other portion of the selection process, please contact Kelly Scoble at

WELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our programs and employment are open to all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statute in any of our policies or programs.

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