Associate Attorney

The Southern Environmental Law Center is currently accepting applications for associate attorney positions to start in early fall 2022 in Chapel Hill, NC., Atlanta, GA., and Birmingham, AL. offices.

This is an entry-level position open to recent law graduates, attorneys completing clerkships, and practicing attorneys.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental and public health issues in the Southeast and the nation. Associates gain valuable experience and knowledge working with more senior attorneys on litigation and legal advocacy in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. The term for associate positions is two years with the potential for a third year.

About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. For over thirty-three years, SELC has worked on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. The organization currently has a staff of over 150 individuals, with over 75 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications and Compensation: A strong academic background and personal commitment to SELC’s mission; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting; a genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. Litigation experience and/or background in environmental law is preferred, and we value a demonstrated commitment to working with communities of color and other vulnerable communities. The salary range is $74,000 – 84,000, depending on experience, and SELC offers an excellent benefits package. Interested persons should apply now.

Applications:  To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application process where you may upload your application materials.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and three references.

Applicants also have the opportunity to apply for the Glynn D. Key Associate Attorney Fellowship, which is part of our associate attorney program. To learn more about the Glynn D. Key Fellowship, click here. Additional application documents are required to apply for this fellowship.

We encourage applicants to apply by November 1, 2021, but will evaluate and hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.