ELQ - Environmental Law Careers


Private Sector Environmental Law

Private Firms:

  • The most popular destination for law school graduates.
  • Attorneys at firms cover a wide variety of environmental issues in their daily practice. There is ample opportunity to get a broad feel for the practice.
  • Many firm attorneys advise clients on issues ranging from environmental compliance to land use to permit regulations.
  • Firms offer nice pay bonuses that are hard to match in the public sector.


  • Many large corporations hire their own attorneys who work only for that corporation.
  • These companies usually have substantial interaction with environmental law, leading to a variety of experience comparable to that in a firm.
  • Since you have only one client, the corporation, there is not as much client diversity as you would find in a firm, which may have many different clients at the same time.



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