Associate Attorney – Fall 2023

The Southern Environmental Law Center is currently accepting applications for Associate Attorney positions to start in early Fall 2023. We have openings in our Birmingham, AL, Charleston, SC, Charlottesville, VA, and offices.

This entry-level position is 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 South 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.

All SELC staff members are required to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 prior to working in any of our offices.


  • 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.

About SELC:

The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of over 170, including more than 80 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, DC.

At our core, we are place-based, rooted in our region, and connected with the communities and clients we serve. We believe in an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of our region and allows diverse perspectives to come to the forefront. We approach our work with the highest level of integrity, holding ourselves to high standards with an emphasis on honesty, accountability, and thoughtfulness. We value collaboration and camaraderie, realizing we are strongest when we work together and knowing that everyone has a critical role to play. We strive for impact through a strategic, bold, pragmatic, and ambitious outlook that is dedicated to achieving powerful results. We believe in these values and in the power of SELC. We hope you consider joining us. Learn more at


The salary range is $74,000 – 84,000, depending on experience, and SELC offers an excellent benefits package. For more details about our benefits package, please visit our Careers page.

To Apply:

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application 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. An additional statement of interest (no more than one page) is required to apply for the Fellowship. The statement of interest should describe an experience working or volunteering to remedy or prevent an environmental injustice. If the work included advocacy partnerships, please describe the partners and the community in which you worked or volunteered. It may also be personal or academic experiences related to environmental justice as a means to describe interest in environmental justice work.

We encourage applicants to apply by October 1, 2022, but will evaluate and hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. 

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering an inclusive workplace environment. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this commitment. 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. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.