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Law Clerks, Animal Protection Litigation

The Animal Protection Litigation section of The Humane Society of the United States conducts precedent-setting legal campaigns on behalf of animals in state and federal courts around the country.

We're seeking conscientious 2L and 3L students for legal clerkships (click to view expanded position description [PDF]) offered throughout the year. We generally do not accept law clerks for the fall semester, but exceptions can sometimes be made on a case-by-case basis.

Law Clerks must have exceptional legal research and writing abilities, a demonstrated ability to work well in groups and independently, and a strong interest in animal protection issues. Prior experience with animal protection, administrative, criminal, or environmental law is preferred but not required.

Primary responsibilities will include working closely with APL attorneys to provide research and drafting support for one or more of our eight core litigation groups: Farm Animals, Companion Animals, Wildlife, Commodity Promotion Programs, Constitutional & Policy Defense, Animal Crimes, International and Legislative Drafting & Review.

Time Commitment:

  • For the summer session, at least 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks
  • For the winter and spring sessions, at least 10 hours per week for at least 6 weeks

Deadlines:

  • For the summer session, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from November 1 through March 15
  • For the winter and spring sessions, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis year-round

To Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter, résumé, references, and updated law school transcript through the HSUS online application system
  • Indicate on the top of your cover letter which session you wish to apply for (for example, “Summer 2017”)
  • Indicate in your cover letter if there is a specific subject matter group within our department that you are particularly interested in working with (Farm Animals, Companion Animals, Wildlife, Commodity Promotion Programs, Constitutional & Policy Defense, Animal Crimes, International and Legislative Drafting & Review)

This clerkship is unpaid, however, course credit can be arranged (law clerk is responsible for arranging credit through their law school). Law clerks must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., office.

Fill out an application now »
Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter, résumé, references, and updated law school transcript with the application.

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