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Vermont Law School Announces Environmental Advocacy Scholarship

October 2, 2013

The Environmental Advocacy Scholarship is awarded to outstanding JD students who promise to pursue environmental public service. This scholarship is intended for students who wish to devote at least the first five years of their career to environmental public service.

Each year the Environmental Law Center selects Scholars based on three criteria: commitment to environmental public service, academic excellence, and potential for leadership. Scholars receive partial to full tuition for three years of law school, a summer stipend, and special programming that supports future environmental advocates by providing experiential, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

We define environmental public service to encompass policy and legal positions with government, non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurship, and law firms whose primary mission is working on environmental public interest matters. Those matters can include but are not limited to environmental law, agriculture, energy, water, natural resources, and climate change.

The Environmental Advocacy Scholar's program includes:

  • During their first summer, scholars receive a stipend to complete a ten-week summer environmental public service internship
  • First and second year scholars attend, and third year scholars present, a cutting edge research paper at the public lecture series sponsored by the Environmental Law Center
  • Scholars receive academic advising on courses designed for leadership in environmental advocacy
  • Scholars attend monthly informal dinners or events with environmental professors, alumni, and professionals
  • Scholars apply to work in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic during at least one semester
  • Scholars apply to engage closely on research with nationally prominent environmental law faculty in one of six centers: Water & Justice, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Institute for Energy and the Environment, U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, Environmental Tax Policy, and Land Use Institute

Scholars are required to remain in good academic standing.

Application and Selection Process:

In addition to the JD application, Environmental Advocacy Scholars must:

1)      submit an additional letter of recommendation that addresses applicant's commitment to environmental public service;

2)      submit a short environmental advocacy essay not to exceed 800 words.  Discuss your environmental commitment and goals for using a law degree in environmental advocacy, the experiences that have most significantly influenced your goals, or any other points relevant to your qualification for the scholarship. 

3)      Complete your entire application for law school and the scholarship by March 1, 2014. We will notify those selected for interviews. Interviews will be conducted on or around Saturday, March 15, 2014 via Skype or in person. Scholarship offers will be made by April 1, 2014.  Scholars have opportunity to visit VLS on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  **Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days after the VLS visit day. Applicants should plan to attend other schools' admitted student days, and gather whatever other information they need, in order to make a decision about the scholarship as early as April 9, 2014 COB.