California Air Resources Board

Anticipated Start Date: The beginning of the Fall term (around 08/12/2024)

Possibility of Earning Academic Credit: Law students may be able to earn academic credit through their university for their volunteer work at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) if their law school has a program that allows for externship academic credit.


  • Current law school student.
  • Background or interest in air quality, climate, environmental justice, and public interest work.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and computer skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and work effectively and cooperatively within a diverse working environment.

Responsibilities: The Volunteers work as Legal Externs to support the mission of the Legal Office. They conduct research and assist with the production of legal products at the direction of supervising Legal Office Attorneys, and under the ultimate supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel. Their research is designed to provide the Volunteers a meaningful educational experience that supplements their graduate work and trains them for future positions while providing the Legal Office assistance and useful research that can be used within the Office’s programs.

CARB Legal Office Description: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a global leader in protecting air quality, fighting climate change, and furthering environmental justice. The Executive Office of CARB plans, organizes, and directs the activities of staff to further the Board’s mission to protect and preserve California’s air quality while considering the effects on the State’s economy. The Legal Office is part of the Executive Office. Its mission is to provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to the Board and staff to support programmatic efforts to improve air quality to protect public health and the environment and to ensure that all legal obligations of CARB are met in carrying out these efforts. The Legal Office provides legal support on a variety of complex topics related to the control of air pollution (criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases), including, but not limited to: adoption, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of State and federal administrative and environmental laws and regulations, litigation in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, personnel matters, contracts, conflicts of interest, hearing procedures, and proposed legislation. The Legal Office maintains the primary responsibility for assisting CARB staff in the development of regulations and the documentation necessary to support their adoption. CARB also supports and works with 35 local air districts.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following application material to the California Air Resources Board’s Exams and Recruitment Office: by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 14, 2024:

• Cover Letter that describes why you are interested in this position and how you can contribute to the Legal Office

• Current Resume