Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - Legal Fellow, Climate and Energy


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions.


We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.

We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

The work includes intensive legal research on cutting edge energy, environmental, constitutional and administrative law questions; cutting edge litigation in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals; and  the development of comments and expert submissions to advocate for and support the development of effective clean energy standards.

The Legal Fellow will focus on reseach, writing, and presentation of legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues.

The Legal Fellow will engage deeply in legal and regulatory efforts around the Federal Power Act, electric grid operations and management, wholesale electricity markets, and state air, climate, and energy laws and policies.


One year


Full-time (35 hours/week)

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Description of Ideal Candidate:


We seek recent law school graduates and recent law clerks interested in working on cutting edge regional, national, and international climate and energy issues.

Other qualifications include:

  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to Bar, with background in environmental, energy, and administrative law.
  • Fimiliarity with the Federal Power Act, FERC, and/or ISOs and RTOs.
  • Interest and experience in federal litigation centered on state air, climate, and energy laws and policies and federal energy laws and regulations.
  • Fimiliarity with Constitional law, with particular emphasis upon the dormant Commerce Clause and Supremacy Clause.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings.
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external allies.
  • Results?oriented, self?starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast?paced, dynamic issues.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Able to prioritize and be flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

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