• Program - Students
  • Ottawa, ON, CAN
  • Term - Subject to local law society rules

Transportation Incentive, Work/Life Balance

Position Type:             Summer Term

Status:                          Full-Time

Location:                      Ottawa

Date Posted:                November 29, 2019

Closing Date:               January 17, 2020



About Ecojustice:

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

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:


About the Role:

If you are a University of Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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 first, second or third year law student
  • Are familiar with environmental and administrative law
  • Are aware of environmental issues
  • Possess excellent research and writing skills
  • Are bilingual; working knowledge of French is considered an asset

Please note: This position is only available to law students attending the University of Ottawa.


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 January 17, 2020 at 1:00pm ET. To apply, please submit the following materials through our Career page at

  • 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, for this position we will be following the Ottawa Recruitment Timeline and Law Society of Ontario guidelines as laid out below:

Application Deadline

Jan 17, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Scheduling of Interviews

Week of Feb 3, 2020

Interview week

Feb 18-27, 2020

Offers start

Feb 28, 2020 at 8:00am ET


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


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