Legal Fellow, Legal & Regulatory

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.

Overall Function


EDF seeks a Legal Fellow, based in our Boulder, Colorado office, to help develop solutions for tackling pressing climate and clean air issues, with a focus on cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The Legal Fellow will be deeply engaged in litigation and administrative proceedings related to landmark climate and public health standards applicable to the oil and natural gas sector.   


The term for the Legal Fellow position is one year, starting in summer 2018.


Key Responsibilities


Legal fellows perform a wide range of research, writing, and presentation tasks for federal court litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and policy development. Responsibilities include:


  • Research and analysis of legal issues and preparation of reports of findings
  • Drafting of motions, briefs, and other court documents
  • Preparation of comments on actions proposed by national and state agencies
  • Coordination with internal and external scientific, economic, and legal experts
  • Establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external allies, including stakeholders in communities directly affected by air pollution and climate change
  • Participation in short- and long-term legal strategy discussions and decisions




We seek recent law school graduates interested in working on cutting-edge regional, national, and international climate and air quality issues. Other qualifications include:


  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to a state bar
  • Commitment to environmental protection and justice and understanding of administrative law
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills
  • Results-oriented self-starter with the ability to think strategically and take initiative
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment with colleagues and partners of diverse background and experience
  • Able to prioritize and be flexible
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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.