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Legal Internship Opportunities: Summer 2015

January 1, 2015

Legal intern/externship opportunities for 2015-2016

Friends of Animals is pleased to announce 2015 summer internship and 2015-2016 academic year externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado.

The WLP focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world. Attorneys and externs in the program utilize a variety of environmental laws to promote the rights of wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Treaty Bird Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and international treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.

Summer interns are not paid; however, the internship includes travel expense reimbursement, light rail passes, and a stipend. Academic year externships are for credit. Generally an externship is for 6 credit hours. We are also interested in students seeking to participate in a “semester in practice” with our program.

Qualifications:

Open to all law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should have strong legal writing and research skills, and a demonstrated interest in animal rights or wildlife advocacy.

 

To apply:

Send current resume and writing sample to: Michael Harris, Director Wildlife Law Program, 7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 385, Centennial, CO 80112 or email to michaelharris@friendsofanimals.org.

The application period will close on February 15, 2015.

Please direct questions to wlp_admin@friendsofanimals.org or call (720) 949-7791.