Environmental Lawyers


Environmental Lawyers


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 dam...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Law Degree



Internship highly recommended



Information Management


Personality Traits



Salaries for lawyers vary depending on the type, size, and location of the organization employing them. In May 2018, the median salary for lawyers was $120,910, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent earned less than $58,220. Attorneys in the federal government received mean annual salaries of $140,790 in May 2018. State and local government attorneys generally made less, earnin...

Work Environment

Many environmental lawyers work at least 50 to 60 hours per week, and they usually work longer hours that stretch into evenings and weekends when cases are being prepared and tried. Staff lawyers may have more structured hours, while self-employed lawyers may work longer workweeks because of additional administrative responsibilities involved in owning and operating a business.

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Employment for lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In the public sector, opportunities will be best at the state and local levels, while employment with federal agencies is expected to experience negligible growth as a result of budget cuts.  

More companies will need the services of envir...