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Environmental Lawyers

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Many lawyers are employed in full-time, salaried positions in government, in law firms or other corporations, or in nonprofit organizations, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council or the Environmental Defense Fund. Most government-employed lawyers work at the state and local levels. Those employed by the federal government work in many different agencies, including the Departments of Interior, Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service), Energy, and Justice, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency. Lawyers outside of government work as house counsel for public utilities, banks, insurance companies, real estate agencies, manufacturing firms, and other businesses and nonprofit organizations. Some lawyers teach a particular subject at law schools; others work as administrators.

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