Currently accepting applications for internships.
If you are interested in joining Lawyers for Clean Water as an intern, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample either via email or regular mail to the appropriate contact and/or location listed below.
|Mail to:||Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc.
1004A O’Reilly Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
Lawyers for Clean Water seeks motivated law students interested in environmental litigation and advocacy to participate in our internship program. Experience with federal environmental laws, at environmental law firms, and coursework in environmental law is preferred. Law students interested in working for Lawyers for Clean Water will have the opportunity to hone their research and writing skills under the supervision of experienced attorneys.
Student interns will have the opportunity to conduct complex case work-up research with the firm’s attorneys, attend court and administrative agency appearances, obtain and review public records submitted under California law, conduct legal research and draft legal memorandum and case briefs, and interact with various members of the environmental community. Students can expect to gain experience with federal and state environmental laws such as the federal Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Interns will also learn the importance of scheduling and managing numerous cases according to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and local court rules and individual judge’s standing orders.
Lawyers for Clean Water’s goal is to provide interns with a valuable educational and professional experience in the field of environmental law. Interns in our program will have adequate opportunity to produce written work, and feedback will be provided at regular intervals. Additionally, Lawyers for Clean Water represents and works closely with various 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organizations, thus qualifying student interns for public interest grants.
“After my summer at LCW, I have a much better understanding of the mechanics of environmental litigation, from start to finish. Because of the small size and collaborative culture of the office, I had the opportunity to work on or observe pieces of almost every ongoing case, including: helping with initial case work-up and assessment; assisting with discovery; participating in calls with clients; observing deposition and settlement meetings; and working on motion practice. The attorneys at LCW are clearly dedicated to advancing environmental protection, and work very hard to that end, yet the office environment is still casual and fun.”
— Lucy Allen, Summer Intern 2013, Berkeley Law
“One of the most valuable and interesting aspects of this internship was the feeling that I had a backstage pass to the inner workings of an environmental law firm. I was encouraged to participate and further my legal education by discussing my work on firm cases at staff meetings, and sitting-in on litigation strategy calls with co-counsel and the firm’s clients. I was always struck with the feeling that these experiences were not common in most summer internships. As for the mechanics of the internship, the workload was varied, challenging, and interesting, and the feedback provided on my work product was constructive. This internship experience has exceeded all of my expectations.”
— John Prager, Summer Intern 2011, UC Hastings College of the Law
“I was given assignments that I would expect to face only after another year of schooling, [including] case and statute research, inter-office memoranda drafting, and drafting arguments for motions and other documents for submission to the court… I was not on my own, however: the other attorneys were always available to answer questions, provide support, and laugh at me when I deserved it. The atmosphere at work was laid back yet productive”.
— Joe Przyuski, Summer Intern 2003, California Western School of Law
“I really enjoyed the Santa Monica office in particular because I got to work with such positive people from a variety of organizations and witness an incredible level of commitment to environmental protection on a day-to-day basis. Plus, the weekly yoga sessions were nice… My research skills definitely improved over the summer. My favorite part was attending mediation meetings or court with Daniel — it reminded me what all the behind-the-scenes work was for and it was interesting to see lawyers in action”.
— Shannon Erickson, Summer Intern 2003, University of San Diego School of Law
“I had a wonderful experience at Lawyers for Clean Water. I was responsible for challenging assignments. In addition to the typical research and memoranda, I was given several briefs to draft on difficult and novel issues. I know that this experience has contributed significantly to the development of my legal writing skills. Furthermore, the unique small-firm atmosphere really gave me some perspective on the type of office in which I would like to work in the future”.
— Eric Kaplan, Summer Intern 2010, Golden Gate University School of Law
“My time at Lawyers for Clean Water’s San Francisco office was fun and challenging. I learned a great deal about confronting problems quickly and effectively. The small firm setting provided me with ample opportunities to learn the importance of complying with court rules and the intricacies of the court’s filing system. Most importantly, I was inspired by all of the attorneys, whose passion and dedication to environmental causes has not diminished in the slightest during their careers”.
— Jeff El-Hajj, Summer Intern 2008, UC Hastings College of the Law
Where they are now
Drevet Hunt interned with Lawyers for Clean Water during the summer of 2004. Drevet brought his ambition and tireless dedication to protect the environment to LCW that summer. His internship solidified his belief that litigation is an effective means to local, direct and immediate environmental protection and improvement. In 2005, Drevet re-joined the firm as an associate attorney and now leads LCW’s internship program.
Caroline Koch interned with Lawyers for Clean Water in the San Francisco office during the summer of 2008. As an intern, Caroline demonstrated strong research and writing skills as well as a commitment to enforcement of federal and state environmental law. Caroline graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in May 2009 and was admitted to the California Bar in December 2009. After volunteering in the Law and Motion Department of the San Francisco Superior Court, Caroline re-joined Lawyers for Clean Water in May 2010.