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2020 Associate Attorney

Locations in VA, SC, NC & GA

The Southern Environmental Law Center is currently accepting applications for associate attorney positions to start in early fall 2020 in four of our offices:

Atlanta, GA

Chapel Hill, NC

Charleston, SC

Charlottesville, VA


These are entry-level positions open to recent law graduates, attorneys completing clerkships, and practicing attorneys.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental and public health issues in the Southeast and the nation. Associates gain valuable experience and knowledge working with more senior attorneys on litigation and legal advocacy in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. The term for associate positions is two years with the option for a third year.


About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. For over thirty-three years, SELC has worked on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. The organization currently has a staff of over 150 individuals, with over 75 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at www.southernenvironment.org.

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill our mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of our staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.


Qualifications and Compensation:

A strong academic background and commitment to SELC’s mission are required. Litigation experience and/or background in environmental law is preferred, and we value a demonstrated commitment to working with communities of color and other vulnerable communities. Salary is $69,000 – 77,000 depending on experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Interested persons should apply now.


To Apply: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please apply below.



Posted October 30, 2019

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