SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast's foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South's natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact. SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff to strengthen the organization and effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.
Students can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy in a substantive area. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to doing research, clerks also participate in strategy sessions and other aspects of case or project management. Students may also be involved in meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups.