Semesters offered:




Students will work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Accountability Division under the supervision of Senior Associate Regional Counsels and other staff attorneys. EPA is authorized to implement several environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund and other statutes regulating toxics, pesticides, oil spills and ocean dumping. In addition to taking enforcement actions pursuant to these statues, EPA oversees delegated state programs, issues permits and works closely with other federal agencies.

Extern's assignments may include assisting with the development of civil and administrative cases, legal research, preparation of memoranda, reviewing pleadings including complaints, answers and motions, attending settlement negotiations and other meetings, and attending hearings.


Prerequisites: None, although Administrative Law and Environmental Law are helpful.

Preferences: Third-year students, but second-year students strongly encouraged to apply.


  • A brief writing sample should accompany the student's resume at the time of application.
  • Students participating in this externship should plan to work at the EPA on Tuesdays and Thursdays.