The 2014 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor  to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.  OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency.  Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC.  The principal office is located at EPA’s headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC.  OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices:  Air and Radiation; Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Water; Cross-Cutting Issues; Alternative Dispute Resolution; General Law; and Civil Rights and Finance Law.

The OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2014. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent.

Students who participate in these programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, the program wants to make sure they are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.

Eligibility Requirements: The 2014 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school (May 2014), who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have prior law experience within 2 to 3 years of graduation from an ABA accredited law school. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective “people” skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility.

The application package must be received in the office by February 3, 2014.

For additional information, including how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12186.