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

Extended Health, Dental and Vision Benefits, Transportation Incentive, RSP Matching, Work/Life Balance

Position Type:             Summer Term

Status:                          Full-Time

Location:                      Ottawa

Date Posted:                November 16, 2018

Closing Date:               January 18, 2019


About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is Canada's largest environmental law charity. We 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.

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 2019 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 second or third year law student
  • Are familiar with environmental and administrative law
  • Are aware of environmental issues
  • Possess excellent research and writing skills

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 18, 2019. 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

January 18, 2019

Scheduling of Interviews

January 21 February 15, 2019

Interview week

February 19 February 28, 2019

Offers start

March 1, 2019 at 8:00am EST


If you have any questions about this role, please contact Emma Billard, HR Coordinator, by email at or by calling 613-562-5225.

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