Clerk for EPA Region Ten

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), Region 10, has full-time volunteer clerkship positions available during the summer, fall and spring, in the Office of Regional Counsel (“ORC”) in downtown Seattle. Law clerks will conduct legal research, prepare pleadings and motions in administrative cases, draft legal memoranda, attend negotiations with members of the regulated community, and attend meetings with representatives of other agencies. Opportunities may also arise to participate in administrative enforcement hearings or attend court proceedings.  Second year law students with strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in environmental law and policy are encouraged to apply.

EPA’s regional office has more than 600 employees and is responsible for EPA matters in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. ORC staff provide legal support to the regional office in environmental counseling, enforcement, and general law matters. ORC attorneys handle matters arising under numerous environmental regulatory statutes including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.  Regional Attorneys work on judicial and administrative enforcement litigation, cleanup and cost recovery negotiations, administrative order issuance, permit drafting, and the interpretation of statutory and regulatory provisions.

Consideration will be given to all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, physical disability, or any other nonmerit factor.

Application Materials: 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Law students wishing to be considered should submit:

  • (1) a cover letter indicating their interest in working in ORC and the time periods they would be available to work;
  • (2) a resume;
  • (3) a writing sample;
  • (4) an official or unofficial copy of their law school transcript; and
  • (5) contact information for at least two professional references.

All application materials should be submitted in electronic form to Please indicate the name of the applicant in the subject line of the email.