Careers and Internships


ELF accepts applications from current law students for our summer and term-time internships.

ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the summer of 2024. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who is ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Interns will conduct legal research and draft memos, briefs, discovery documents, and pleadings. To the extent feasible, interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. Interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work. Prior coursework or experience in environmental law, especially water law, is a plus, as is any experience in litigation. A demonstrated commitment to public interest law is also a plus.

This is an in-person position based in Oakland.

ELF especially encourages applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample that is entirely your own work. Any written product that demonstrates analytical thinking, even nonlegal academic writing, is strongly preferable to a memo produced for a legal writing class. To apply, please contact Nathaniel Kane at The position will be open until filled. No calls please.