Intern, Law Clerk (Spring 2023)

Virtual Req #821
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
5 openings

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Law Clerk for the Animal Protection Law department. As a Law Clerk you will be provided a superior educational for 2L and 3L law students in the field of Animal Law.  To this end, law clerks will conduct legal research and writing assignments for APL attorneys on ongoing and developing litigation projects, as well as legislation, that seeks to achieve organizational strategic plan metrics and defend strategic plan victories. This opportunity is for the spring session- we will ask for a commitment of one full semester.
You will be responsible for:

Working closely with the attorneys in the Animal Protection Law section;
Being integrally involved in the process of researching, preparing, and prosecuting animal protection lawsuits in state and federal court and rulemaking petitions and comments before administrative agencies, as well as preparing and reviewing federal, state and local legislation;
Providing research and drafting support for one or more of our four core legal groups: Farm Animals, Companion Animals, Wildlife & Animal Research, and Legislative Drafting & Review;
Attending weekly departmental reporting and planning meetings and other meetings as relevant.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Must be a 2L or 3L law student working toward a Juris Doctor degree;
Must be able to learn and follow guidelines and policies of the Humane Society of the United States and APL, and follow directions given by staff;
Must submit the required paperwork and pass a background check before being assigned;
Must have a strong interest in animal protection issues, litigation, and legal research;
Superior oral communication skills, as well as exceptional legal research, writing and critical thinking skills;
Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy;
Able to take initiative and manage multiple projects and priorities while demonstrating a strong work ethic; 
Demonstrate flexibility and an eagerness to learn and take initiative on a variety of projects;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel) and the Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis legal research databases, and strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools;
Able to use discretion, keeping in mind the confidential nature of most aspects of the work;
Able to maintain professionalism in attitude and appearance;
Possess problem-solving capability and ability to think creatively, in a solution-oriented way;
Able to work well independently and use good judgment;
Coursework or other experience in animal protection, administrative, or environmental law is preferred.

This internship is remote.

When applying, please submit your cover letter and resume together as one document.

**The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE