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The Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to announce its Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program for Summer 2024. The program provides opportunities for law students from diverse backgrounds 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 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program gives law students a chance 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 will receive an $8,000 stipend. 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 environmental, energy, land use, and natural resources law fields, and it invites each Fellow to attend the Section’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® in October following the Fellowship with free conference registration.

**The Application Period for 2024 Fellowships is now closed**

Environmental Law Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Application

    Personal Information

    Academic Background

    Submit the following materials with your application form:

    1. Letter from your law school verifying your current academic status

    2. Current law school transcript (not required for first year law students)

    3. Undergraduate transcript(s)

    4. Non-law school graduate transcript(s), if any

    5. Current Resume

    6. Names and contact information of two references (including one law school professor)

    Schools Attended

    Law School(s)

    Undergraduate/Graduate School(s)

    Personal Statement

    Please provide a typed, double-spaced personal statement, not exceeding two pages, describing your interest in environmental issues; your interest in practicing law in California; your reasons for wanting to participate in the Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program; and how you represent a background that is diverse or underrepresented in the legal profession (including but not limited to diversity arising from your 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), and/or a background 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.

    Personal References

    Please provide two references to include name, phone number, and email:




    Undergraduate Transcript

    Law School Transcript

    Non-Law School Transcript

    Letter verifying current academic status

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    CLA Membership is $99 and includes one section. Additional sections are $99 each.