The Chief Counsel's Office is the California Energy Commission's full-service legal office. Its attorneys advise the Commission as it implements laws advancing the state’s 100% renewable and clean energy future. We provide the Commission with the highest quality legal work in the field, and we are currently seeking two similarly dedicated law students to join our office as law clerks in the summer of 2024.  The law clerks will be paid, and the pay range is $20.94-$23.40.  Your exact pay will be determined by the information on your law school’s transcript.

The Chief Counsel’s Office offers a 100% telework environment with excellent mentoring opportunities. Law clerks work with the Commission’s energy experts and attorneys.

Under the direction of an Assistant Chief Counsel and attorneys leading the summer clerk program, law clerks typically conduct legal research on cutting-edge environmental and energy law topics; apply this research by drafting legal memoranda, Commission meeting materials, and rulemaking documents; and attend workshops and meetings on innovative energy programs where diverse stakeholders provide feedback on Commission proceedings.

To apply for a summer clerkship please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in a law clerkship at the Commission, your résumé, two references (at least one from a work experience), and one legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages in length to:

Chester Hong

Alternatively, you may mail your application to:

California Energy Commission
Attn:  Chester Hong
715 P Street – MS 14
Sacramento, CA 95814



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