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May 21, 2013

Law Clerk, Animal Protection Litigation

The Animal Protection Litigation section, which conducts precedent-setting legal campaigns on behalf of animals in state and federal courts around the country, is seeking law clerks.

We're seeking several conscientious law students for legal clerkships. Law Clerks (click to view expanded position description [PDF]) must have exceptional legal-writing, oral-communication, research, and critical-thinking skills. Although experience in animal protection and/or environmental law is preferred, we are primarily interested in working with students who are resourceful, innovative and productive, and who have a strong interest in animal protection litigation.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Working closely with the attorneys in the Animal Protection Litigation section
  • Being integrally involved in the process of researching, preparing, and prosecuting animal-protection lawsuits in state and federal court
  • Providing research and drafting support for one of our five core litigation groups: Farm Animals, Companion Animals and Animal Cruelty, Wildlife, Legislation, and International Law

Strong intern applicants meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a 2L or 3L law student working toward a Juris Doctor degree
  • Experience in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Criminal Law and/or Animal Law is preferred
  • Must have a strong interest in animal protection issues, litigation, and legal research
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as exceptional research and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Familiarity with online legal research tools and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy
  • Must be resourceful and innovative; a strong work ethic is essential
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment

The clerkship time commitment for the fall, winter, and spring sessions is at least 10 hours per week for a period no shorter than 30 days. The clerkship time commitment for the summer session is 35 hours per week for 12 weeks.

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.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé, writing sample, and references to Erica Anthony at eanthony@humanesociety.org.

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