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6 Dec 2022

Part-Time Law Clerk (Summer Position)

The Climate Reality Project – Posted by allianceadmin Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

Department:                Legal

Reports To:                  Assistant General Counsel

Direct Reports:             None

Location:                      Washington, DC

The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.

At The Climate Reality Project, we come to work every day to help solve the climate crisis. We do it by working from the ground up, empowering people and communities worldwide to fight for their future and together drive a just transition to clean energy.

We are committed to building a more just and equitable world, one where all voices are heard and respected regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or physical ability. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically marginalized communities. We encourage applicants to read our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice statement on our website.

The duration of this position will be from June 5th to August 11th.

Our current policy is a hybrid approach where our staff will come to our Washington DC office two days a week.

Job Overview:

The Legal Department provides legal counsel and guidance to the organization’s operations, programs, and communications.  It is involved with all legal aspects of the organization’s operations, including, but not limited to, the drafting and negotiation of contracts; development and implementation of procedures necessary or advisable to satisfy the organization’s risk management objectives; managing the organization’s intellectual property portfolio; advising on employment-related matters; regulatory compliance; and maintaining tax-exempt status. This position will support the Legal Department in its day-to-day duties.

The Law Clerk will be a key member of our Legal Department, dedicated to the common goal of tackling the climate crisis. They champion this goal through the development of creative solutions to complex legal problems in support of innovative and strategic initiatives to achieve Climate Reality’s mission.

Hourly rate will be $16.10 per hour.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following with attorney supervision:

  • Research and draft memoranda relevant to the organization’s operations and programs.
  • Prepare agreements such as contracts, grants, licenses, and memorandums of understanding.
  • Assist the Legal Department with reviewing and updating the organization’s policies as needed.
  • Review publications for compliance.
  • Draft legal compliance and training materials.
  • Prepare documents for filing with appropriate state and federal agencies.
  • Collect evidence in support of legal matters including regulatory filings and litigation.
  • Work with and maintain confidential information; and
  • Perform a number of other similar or related duties which may not be specifically included within this position description, but which are consistent with the general level of the job and the responsibilities described, as they arise including working to save civilization from the climate crisis.


  • Completion of at least 1L year of law school prior to start of clerkship.
  • Excellent legal research and writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities within deadlines.
  • Self-starter with ability to perform without significant direct supervision.
  • Directional flexibility, entrepreneurial mindset, intellectual curiosity, and perseverance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; and
  • Familiarity with using MacOS and Microsoft Office products.
  • Proficiency with a CRM platform (i.e., Salesforce) preferred.
  • Experience working with tax-exempt organization issues preferred.

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities, and termination.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Part-Time. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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