Careers in ENR

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Opportunities Abound


Oregon Law alumni who pursue concentrations in Environmental and Natural Resources Law or Ocean and Coastal Law enjoy a wide variety of opportunities upon graduation from law school. The Career Center offers a number of resources for students seeking summer work, semester-long externships, or part time employment, as well as provides assistance for alumni in need of career support after graduation.

Public Interest and Government Sector

We draw a talented and committed student body, and many engage in public interest work during their time in law school.

Most environmental law graduates pursue jobs in the public interest or government sector, working in agencies and organizations, including: 

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Attorney generals' offices, tribal agencies 
  • The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission 
  • The Sierra Club
  • Earthjustice 
  • The Wilderness Society 
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Trust for Public Lands.

Many of our alumni who pursue public interest work do so through private practices. Coined "private public interest law," these practices include attorneys who work in private law firms, but who regularly represent smaller clients against large economic interests or government.