The U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law ("Asia Program") at Vermont Law School invites applications for a two-year graduate fellowship starting in August 2015. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM in Environmental Law, an LLM in American Legal Studies or a Master's degree from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to gain practical international environmental law experience on a variety of policy coordination, research, and educational outreach projects. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver. A salary stipend of up to $35,000 may be available for the selected fellow depending on available funding.
Nature of the Fellowship
The Fellow will work closely with the faculty director, the program director and other team members of the Asia Program to help coordinate and implement the range of projects being carried out. In addition to pursuing an LLM or a Masters' degree, the fellow will work closely with Asia Program faculty and will take the lead role in at least one major project.
The goal of the Asia Program is to strengthen the rule of law in environmental protection and to build capacity among individuals and academic, government, and private-sector institutions to solve pollution and energy problems. The program has three main objectives:
- strengthen the capacity of the educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business sectors in China and Southeast Asia to become effective environmental and energy problem solvers;
- improve the policies, systems, laws, and regulations in China and Southeast Asia to advance the development and enforcement of environmental and energy law and to help develop the rule of law;
- enhance municipal, provincial, national, and international networks in China and Southeast Asia to advance best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation.
These objectives are being pursued through environmental and energy law workshops and conferences in China, Southeast Asia and the U.S., through efforts to build the institutional capacity of law schools, NGOs, courts, and government agencies, and through student and faculty-led research and policy development projects.
For more information about the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law, please visit the program's homepage.
Qualifications for the Asia Program Fellowship include:
- admission to the LLM in Environmental Law, LLM in American Legal Studies programs, or one of VLS Master's Degrees
- a demonstrated commitment to environmental or energy issues in China/Asia
- prior practice or other experience in environmental or energy law
- strong legal writing and communications skills
Language skills in Chinese or one of the Southeast Asian languages will greatly strengthen a prospective fellow's application.
- Tuition Waiver for the LLM in Environmental Law, LLM in American Legal Studies or one of the VLS Master's Degrees
- $35,000 stipend per year (subject to budget approval)
The deadline for completed LLM applications and submission of fellowship materials is May 1.
- Admission to the LLM in Environmental Law, LLM in American Legal Studies program or one of the VLS Master's Degrees
- Demonstrated commitment to energy and/or environmental law in Asia
- Prior practice or other experience in energy law and policy
- Strong legal writing and communication skills
- Some Chinese language skills
In addition to the LLM or Master's application requirements, please submit the following:
- Application for LLM in Environmental Law or American Legal Studies OR
- Application for Masters degree program
Statement of interest specific to the fellowship (not to exceed one page)
- One Letter of Recommendation specific to the fellowship
How to Submit Materials
All fellowship materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include a clear reference to the fellowship. Electronic submissions are preferred. If unable to send electronically, please send materials to:
Vermont Law School Admissions Office
U.S.-Asia Partnership LLM Fellowship
PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068
Fellowship candidates will be forwarded to the U.S.-Asia Partnership by May 15. Fellowship offers will be made by June 1.
LLM IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
The LLM in Environmental Law degree is designed for a select group of post-JD candidates seeking to specialize in the practice of environmental law, or pursue careers in teaching, research, or public policy. Candidates include recent law school graduates and practicing lawyers who wish to develop an environmental law specialty. The cornerstone of the LLM program is the Graduate Seminar. A minimum of 30 academic credits are required to complete the program. For the Asia Program fellow, this thirty credit program is spread over two years. Vermont Law School's environmental law curriculum includes more than fifty courses in environmental law, policy, science, and ethics. For more information about the LLM in Environmental Law degree program, please visit the LLM degree page.
LLM IN AMERICAN LEGAL STUDIES
The Master of Laws in American Legal Studies is specifically designed for students who hold a law degree from an institution outside of the United States. Our LLM students take all their courses together with the JD students, so they have immersion in the US law school experience. The required courses provide a solid foundation in US law and US legal method. Again, for the Asia Program fellow, the LLM in American Legal Studies program is spread over two years. Some US states permit foreign lawyers who earn an LLM in US law to take the bar exam and be admitted to practice in their state, if certain other requirements are met. For more information about the LLM in American Legal Studies program, please visit the LLM degree page.
MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (MELP)
Administered by Vermont Law School's highly respected Environmental Law Center, the MELP program is focused on the political, scientific, and communications aspects of environmental law, with an added emphasis on economics and advocacy. The innovative curriculum is comprised of traditional law offerings and MELP-specific courses in writing and advocacy designed to benefit graduates in the public and private sectors. Experiential learning opportunities with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups ensure you're ready to move ahead in your career or take on a new position.
MASTER IN ENERGY REGULATION AND LAW (MERL)
Taught by faculty associated with Vermont Law School's highly respected Institute for Energy and the Environment, the MERL program is focused on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. You'll develop a broad-based understanding of the intersection of energy and law, regulation, policy, and economic analysis. Practical training in public advocacy and writing for a legal and policy audience, opportunities for independent research with support from faculty, and externships at organizations around the country and the world prepare you for immediate challenges and opportunities.
MASTER OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE LAW AND POLICY
Taught by faculty affiliated with the school's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems , the MFALP program is designed for students who want to create the legal tools needed to innovate and support sustainable food and agriculture systems. The curriculum is comprised of food and agriculture classes, a wide range of environmental electives, and courses in writing and advocacy. Experiential opportunities with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups prepare graduates for careers in food and agriculture policy and advocacy.