The application deadline for the Environmental Law Section’s enormously successful Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program for Summer 2022 is rapidly approaching. Designed to help foster diversity within the California environmental bar, the Fellowship program provides law students an opportunity to spend 8-10 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 $6,500 stipend, is matched with a mentor, and participates in various educational/networking events, including complimentary registration for the Section’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®!
The Fellowship program is designed to help foster diversity within the Environmental Law Section, which is one of the core principles in the Section’s Mission Statement. The Section strongly encourages applications from law students from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds (including but not limited to diversity arising from the applicant’s sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, familial status, marital status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information); as well as from backgrounds that may have presented obstacles to accessing the legal profession, such as family financial hardship while growing up, being the first in one’s family to go to college, or geographical circumstances, such as coming from a rural or inner-city background that limited social interaction with lawyers. 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.
Further information, including how to apply, can be found on the Section’s website. Applications for the Summer 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program are due October 25, 2021.