Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

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San Diego Coastkeeper’s legal and policy interns play an invaluable role in fulfilling the organization’s mission. They conduct Coastkeeper’s advocacy work and expand our capacity to protect and restore fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters across San Diego County.
Interns in our Environmental Law and Policy Clinic are given significant responsibility to solve pollution problems through a variety of channels, including reviewing proposed projects for impacts on our waters, initiating litigation, collaborating with regulators and polluters, empowering community members to take action, developing policy solutions, and working with media. Interns will participate in regular clinic sessions to discuss advocacy strategy and learn skills.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for our Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, applicants must currently be enrolled in law school, or be a graduate student currently studying Environmental Policy. Additionally, Coastkeeper accepts a limited number of post-bar fellows as well as environmental consultants with at least 5 years of prior experience.

Commitment: All interns are asked to make either a one-semester, full-time (40 hour/week) commitment or a two-semester, part-time (approximately 10-20 hours/week) commitment, either during the Spring of 2L year and Fall of 3L year or during the full 3L year. A limited number of full-time summer internships are also available for those who meet eligibility requirements.environmental law clinic

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to our Waterkeeper, who considers applications on a rolling basis.

Coastkeeper coordinates with interns and participating law and graduate schools to provide course credit and/or financial compensation. Coastkeeper does not offer stipends directly to interns.