Environmental Lawyers

Environmental Lawyers Outside Courthouse

Environmental lawyers are attorneys who specialize in environmental law, which is comprised of federal and state statutes that concern wildlife, endangered species, habitats, public lands, logging and forestry, natural resources, hazardous and toxic wastes, air and water pollution, and other environment-related matters. Environmental lawyers work either for the government or in the private sector and are hired to help bring cases to court to enforce environmental regulations and to alter public and private activities that may be damaging the environment. They research and prepare legal cases, interviewing various people involved in the case as well as experts in the field, such as scientists and engineers, to help substantiate the case. They also present cases in court.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Environmental Attorneys, Government Environmental Lawyer, Private-Sector Environmental Lawyers
Duties Help government agencies enforce environmental laws; defend and represent businesses that are facing government action over environmental issues
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Government
Experience Internship highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner, or Division Director, or Chief Legal Counsel
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Legal Intern