Real-World Experience in Environmental and Energy Field Placements

The George Washington University Law School Field Placement Program provides students with the opportunity to work closely with judges or practicing lawyers in the DC and Maryland region as legal externs in a wide variety of environmental and energy law placements in government, public interest, and private non-profit organizations. Students earn academic credit for their work. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of its students through immersion in the actual practice of law.

The primary educational objectives of the program are to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in different substantive areas of law and legal process; to develop legal research, writing, interviewing, counseling and investigative skills; to deal with issues of professional responsibility in a real practice setting; and to engage in reflective lawyering.

Our prime location in the heart of the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for environmental and energy law and policy placements in the offices of government, national nonprofits, and law firms. Students have the option to continue their field experiences with the Advanced Field Placement Program.

These past Environmental and Energy Law Field Placements represent some of the wide range of opportunities available both in the Washington, DC area and other parts of the nation.


  • Senate Office of Senator Ron Wyden, Natural Resources Committee Chair, Washington, DC
  • House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Energy & Power Subcommittee, Washington, DC
  • Department of Justice Civil Division, Environmental Torts, Washington, DC
  • Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section, Washington, DC
  • Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section,     Washington, DC
  • Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Crimes Section, Washington, DC
  • Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Washington, DC
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator, Office of Civil Rights / External Complaints Resolution, Washington, DC
  • Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Commercial Division, District Department of the Environment, Washington, DC
  • US Air Force, Legal Services Agency, Environmental Law and Litigation Department, Boling AFB, DC
  • Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, Arlington, VA
  • Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC
  • Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel, Maritime Administration, Washington, DC
  • Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, Washington, DC

Animal Rights

  • American Humane Association, Office of Public Policy, Alexandria, VA
  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Washington, DC
  • Compassion Over Killing , Washington, DC
  • The Humane Society of the United States, Government Affairs, Washington, DC

Energy & the Environment

  • Alaska Wilderness League, Washington, DC
  • American Rivers, Legal, Washington, DC
  • American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC
  • Center for Biological Diversity, Internship Committee, San Francisco, CA
  • Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, DC
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Takoma Park, MD
  • Climate Law & Policy Project, Washington, DC
  • Defenders of Wildlife, National Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • EarthJustice, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Washington, DC
  • Environmental Council of the States, Washington, DC
  • Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC
  • Farmworker Justice, Washington, DC
  • Food & Water Watch, Intern to the Senior Staff Attorney                             
  • League of Conservation Voters, Washington, DC
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation, General Counsel, Law, Washington, DC
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
  • Oceana, Washington, DC
  • Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Washington, DC
  • Sierra Club, DC Legislative Office, Washington, DC
  • The Nature Conservancy, Latin America and Caribbean Legal Department, Arlington, VA
  • US Green Building Council, Legal Department, Washington, DC
  • Wildlife Conservation Society, Federal Affairs, Washington, DC

Students have also been placed in federal and state courts seated across the country, including:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia