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Vermont Law School Announces Global Energy LLM Fellowship

December 20, 2013

Global Energy LLM Fellowship
Institute for Energy and the Environment

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School invites applications for a two-year Global Energy LLM Fellowship beginning August 2014. The fellowship offers the opportunity to obtain an LLM degree in energy law from one of the leading energy and environmental law programs in the nation combined with the opportunity to gain practical energy law experience on a variety of policy coordination, research, and educational outreach projects. The Fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a $30,000/ year stipend (subject to budgetary approval) with the expectation that the fellow will pursue the academic program half-time while also working at the IEE half-time. 

Nature of the Fellowship

The fellow will work closely with faculty, staff and other fellows of the IEE to help coordinate and implement the range of institute projects being carried out with JD, MELP and MERL student Research Associates. The IEE fellow will help supervise students as they implement projects as well as assist IEE staff in developing new projects.   

The fellow in the 2014-15 academic year is expected to lead the IEE's Sunshot Solar PV project which is focused on reducing regulatory and permitting costs in Solar PV installation in the U.S.  The fellow will also play a leadership role in the IEE's launch of its community energy clinic which is focused on assisting local schools, municipalities, and other community organizations in developing sustainable energy projects for their communities.  Solar PV or other energy project permitting and contractual experience is preferred.

Institute for Energy and the Environment

The Institute for Energy and the Environment is part of Vermont Law School's top ranked Environmental Law Center and serves as a resource on energy law and policy. The Institute distributes scholarly, technical, and practical publications; provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development; and serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues, with an environmental awareness.  For more information about the Institute's projects, visit the IEE research page at  For more information on Masters and LLM degree programs see

Fellowship Qualifications

Qualifications for the Institute for Energy and the Environment LLM Fellowship include:

  • admission to the LLM in Energy Law program;
  • a demonstrated commitment to energy and environmental law;
  • prior practice or other experience in energy law and policy;
  • strong legal writing and communications skills.

How to Apply for the Fellowship

Applicants for the fellowship should submit the following:

  • current résumé
  • two letters of recommendation from previous professors or professionals, who are familiar with the candidate's work 
  • a recent writing sample
  • a brief cover letter (not longer than one single-spaced page) explaining the candidate's interest in the fellowship

Application review will begin after April 15th .  Please email or mail all materials to:

Jenny Thomas, Institute Coordinator
Attn: IEE Fellowship
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Vermont Law School
PO Box 96
South Royalton, Vermont 05068

For more information, please email Jenny Thomas.