2020 Summer Law Student – Toronto Office

Ecojustice is Canada's largest environmental law charity. Our mission is to use the law to defend nature, combat climate change and fight for a healthy environment for all.  Our strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to nation-wide precedents and deliver concrete solutions to our most urgent environmental problems.

Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission. 

Ecojustice offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Transportation incentives to encourage an environmentally friendly commute to work; and

Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit: www.ecojustice.ca.


About the Role:

If you are a law student who wants to work for a public interest environmental law firm next summer, then here is an outstanding opportunity for you to join Canada's legal champion for a healthy environment. Ecojustice is now seeking applications for a summer law student to work side-by-side with our top lawyers and scientists from May to August 2020 in our Toronto office.

It will be a learning experience that you will never forget!  As an Ecojustice summer student, you will assist our professional staff by providing legal assistance on environmental law and policy issues by:

  • Conducting legal, policy and general research and preparing legal memoranda, primarily in the areas of environmental and administrative law
  • Responding to inquiries from members of the public about environmental law questions and issues
  • Providing general litigation support (assisting in drafting pleadings and submissions, preparing briefs of authorities, etc.)
  • Assisting in researching and writing Ecojustice Canada reports
  • Assisting with requests for information and reviews under the Freedom of Information Act and Access to Information Act
  • Interacting with clients and non-governmental environmental organizations


About You:

You are deeply passionate about the environment and social justice and understand the challenge and complexity of Ecojustice's work.  As the ideal candidate, you:

  • Are a second or third year law student
  • Are familiar with environmental and administrative law
  • Are aware of environmental issues
  • Possess excellent research and writing skills 

Application Process:

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

Applications must be received on or before August 19, 2020. To apply, please submit the following materials through our Career page at www.ecojustice.ca/careers:

  • Cover letter and Resume, may be addressed to "Ecojustice Hiring Committee";
  • Law school transcripts;
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal research memo from law school or your previous experience, 7 10 pages maximum; and
  • 3 letters of recommendation.

For your reference, the timeline we will be following is laid out below:

Application Deadline

August 19, 2019

Interview call day

October 25, 2019

Interview week

November 4-6, 2019

Offers start

November 6, 2019


If you have any questions about this role, please contact Mila Coad, People & Culture Coordinator, by email at mcoad@ecojustice.ca or by calling 604-685-5618 ext. 244.  

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