Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
The Environmental Law Section is seeking applicants for its 2018 Summer Law Student Fellowship Program. The program places law students in summer environmental law internship positions at participating public interest organizations and governmental agencies. Students are also paired with a practicing environmental lawyer to provide mentoring and are invited to participate in other environmental law related activities over the summer. Law Student Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internship. Further details are provided below. Applications are due November 1, 2017.
The Environmental Law Section has created an Environmental Law Fellowship program to provide opportunities for law students to work in governmental and public interest environmental law organizations in order to develop their interests and skills in the field of environmental law.
The program provides opportunities for law students to spend 8 to 10 weeks over the summer practicing environmental, energy, land use, and/or natural resources law at a participating government agency or public interest organization. Each participant receives a $5,000 stipend for participating in the program. The Section assists students with placement at the governmental agency or public interest organization and matches the Fellows with mentors who practice in the field. The Section also coordinates gatherings and provides opportunities for Fellows to meet other Section members and attorneys who practice in environment, energy, land use, and resources law fields.
The Fellowship is available to students enrolled in public or private law schools interested in practicing environmental law in California. Preference is given to first- and second-year students; however, third-year students who are not taking the Bar exam during the summer will also be considered. Students must be members of the Environmental Law Section in order to be eligible for the program. The CLA allows law students up to three free one-year Section memberships, and students who are not already members will be required to join the Environmental Law Section if they are selected for a Fellowship.
The Fellowship is also designed to help foster diversity within the Environmental Law Section by encouraging law students from backgrounds that may have presented obstacles to accessing the legal profession to become involved in environmental law. Such backgrounds could include family financial hardship while growing up, being the first in one’s family to go to college, pursuing one’s education as a single parent, geographical circumstances such as coming from a rural or inner-city background that limited social interaction with lawyers, or other circumstances that could have limited a student’s ability to access networks and connections within the legal profession. The Section will consider such information, as described in the applicant’s personal statement, as part of the selection criteria. Other selection criteria include interest in environmental issues, personal and leadership qualities, and academic record.
The number of fellowships available will depend on the level of sponsorship participation. Historically, the program has awarded Fellowships to two students each year, although the Section hopes to increase that number in future years. The Section will coordinate student placements at agencies and organizations interested in participating in the program. In making placements, the Section expects to build off of its experiences from earlier years of the program as well as its prior participation in the American Bar Association’s summer fellowship program. Prior placements have included various agencies and organizations in California, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Earthjustice, San Diego Coastkeeper, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Attorney General’s Office, the California District Circuit Prosecutor’s Project, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Communities for a Better Environment. Specific placements for the 2018 program will be made on a case-by-case basis and may or may not include these or similar entities.
Fellowship selections will be based on the application materials and may include personal telephonic interviews by members of the selection committee. Applicants may also be interviewed by prospective employers.
Instructions: Please send a completed application package, including the application form and additional required materials, to California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section, 180 Howard Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Deadline: A complete application package must be received by November 1, 2017.
The Environmental Law Section is seeking governmental agencies and public interest organizations whose work involves environment, energy, land use, and/or resources law and who may be interested in hosting an Environmental Law Fellow over the summer of 2018. If your agency or organization would be interested in learning more about participation in the program, please email the name of the agency or organization, and the name, phone number and email address of a contact person, to Kristina Robledo.
The Environmental Law Fellowship program relies on sponsorships from our generous supporters from within the State Bar community. Please consider making a contribution to help support this valuable program. To sponsor the program, please contact Kristina Robledo.