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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law


During an environmental externship, second- and third-year J.D. students can earn academic credit by working for a law firm, government agency, legislative body, or public interest organization, jointly supervised by a practitioner and a faculty member. Placement opportunities exist across the country and throughout the world. Through the practical experience gained and contacts developed during the externship, many externs receive valuable leads for postgraduate employment.peter_in_tanzania

Law student Peter Kim (left in photo, with Professor Chris Wold and Tanzanian lawyer Vincent Shauri) spent an unforgettable externship semester in Africa.

Our reputation as the country’s preeminent environmental law school and our network of more than 1,000 successful practitioners in the field provide our students with access to an international job market.

Our outstanding Career Services Office helps students find resume-building jobs during school.

Representative Externship Placements

This is a partial list of environmental and natural resources externships created by our students and faculty.

U.S. placements

  • Bonneville Power Administration, General Counsel, Portland, Oregon
  • Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Seattle, Washington
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon
  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C.
  • Earthjustice, Washington, D.C.; Bozeman, Montana; Juneau, Alaska; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado 
  • Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Or.
  • Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.
  • Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Fairfield & Woods, Denver, Colorado
  • Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Metro Regional Government, Portland, Oregon
  •  Mitchell Lang & Smith, Portland, Oregon
  • National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; Anchorage, Alaska
  • Native American Rights Fund, Washington, D.C.; Boulder, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska
  • Natural Resources Defense Counsel, Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado
  • Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, California
  • NOAA, Office of Regional Counsel, Seattle, Washington; Juneau, Alaska
  • Oregon Attorney General’s Office, Natural Resources Section, Salem, Oregon
  • Oregon Governor’s Office, Portland, Oregon
  • Preston Thorgrimson, Washington, D.C.
  • Royce Swanson, Portland, Oregon
  • St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Hogansburg, New York
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Attorney Office, Fort Hall, Idaho
  • Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Austin, Texas
  • Trust for Public Land, Portland, Oregon
  • Trustees for Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Portland, Oregon
  • U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Solicitor, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Natural Resources Section, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. and regional office
  • U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Washington, D.C.

International placements

  • Australia Centre for Environmental Law, Adelaide, Australia
  • Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (Center for Human Rights and Environment), Córdoba, Argentina
  • Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, D.C.; Geneva, Switzerland
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland
  • East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Lawyers Environmental Action Team, Tanzania
  • United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C.
  • Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.