South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Upstate Staff Attorney
Job opportunity posted on 10/23/2020

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is now accepting applications for a staff attorney for its Upstate office. The attorney will work with SCELP’s team on litigation and legal advocacy in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies, with a specific focus on SC’s Upstate (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union Counties). The Upstate work includes partnering with other environmental groups and community-based organizations.

SCELP was founded in 1987 to meet the critical need for specialized non-profit legal services for environmental protection in South Carolina. SCELP is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm that utilizes the legal system to ensure protections for and conservation of our state’s natural resources. SCELP has a main office in Georgetown and satellite offices in Mt. Pleasant and Greenville, with a team of 5 attorneys and 4 support staff. Currently, the Greenville office is a home-based office and SCELP is open to considering relocation, as long as the office remains in the Upstate.

We are seeking a committed and energetic person with strong analytical, research and interpersonal skills to work with SCELP’s executive director and staff attorneys. The attorney will perform a range of tasks including: conducting strategic case and issue assessments; preparing for and conducting trials; performing legal research, analysis and writing; advocating before state and administrative regulatory agencies; interfacing with public officials and coordinating with other organizations. The attorney will be responsible for working with SCELP staff on developing, managing and litigating cases in state and federal court, as well as engaging in legal advocacy, interacting with local, state, and federal agencies, other environmental organizations, and the public.

Applicants should have a minimum of 3-5 years of litigation experience, with a strong preference for environmental litigation. Applicants must also have a strong academic background and outstanding writing, analytic, and communication skills. Applicants must have a solid work ethic, as well as the ability to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team. Applicants having experience with environmental statues, including the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act are preferred.

A demonstrated personal commitment to environmental protection is required. A personal connection to South Carolina and experience with non-profit organizations are preferred.

Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience, including full benefits and a positive and flexible working environment.

If you have these qualifications and are seeking a challenging and rewarding environmental legal advocacy position, please send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Michael Corley at [email protected].

SCELP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Other Opportunities
Internship opportunity posted on 05/03/2019

You may have noticed from all of the information on our website that SCELP does some pretty wonderful work. But, did you know that SCELP is also a wonderful place to work? Headquartered in the city of Georgetown, our dog-friendly office is a short walk to waterfront shops and restaurants, and a short drive to the beach. We offer law students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in environmental litigation.

Legal Internships, Externships, and Fellowships

SCELP hires up to two unpaid law student summer interns each year, on a rolling basis. Usually application review begins after fall semester grades are in (January/February). We work with students to receive grant funding and/or class credit, when available. SCELP gives preference in the hiring process to 2Ls, but all applicants are considered.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript here.

Now hiring interns for 2021!

SCELP also offers externships and fellowships for those law students and recent graduates who are able to secure class credit or funding. While SCELP has no formal deadlines for these opportunities, often funding from a law school, equal justice works, or other program is limited. Law students interested in applying for a fellowship or externship with SCELP should contact us as early as possible to coordinate efforts.