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Environmental Justice LLM Fellowship

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Vermont Law School's Environmental Justice (EJ) Clinic invites applications for a two-year Environmental Justice Fellowship beginning in late August 2020.

Fellowship Description

The Environmental Justice Clinic at Vermont Law School trains law and policy students in community-based lawyering, providing them with opportunities to represent and partner with disenfranchised communities that are both fighting racial and economic disparities in the distribution of polluting sources and seeking meaningful participation in decisions affecting their future. The EJ Clinic is now inviting eligible candidates to apply for a two-year fellowship from August 2020 through July 2022. The fellowship combines the opportunity to pursue an LLM degree in Food and Agricultural Law or Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work with the students and faculty at the EJC as part of a legal practice at the intersection of civil rights and environmental law.

Nature of the Fellowship

In addition to pursuing an LLM degree, the fellow will work part-time (at least 20 hours per week) on EJ Clinic projects. The fellow will work closely with EJ Clinic faculty and staff, partners, clients, and students. The fellow’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working on EJ Clinic cases and projects to represent community-groups on issues of environmental justice. Advocacy may include litigation, administrative advocacy, public education, and work on legislation in array of contexts. The EJ Clinic represents and partners with communities fighting the disproportionate impacts of industrial agriculture on low-income communities and communities of color, developing and seeking to compel the adoption of strong environmental justice laws, and working to compel civil rights enforcement in the environmental context, among other things.
  • Working with and supervising EJ Clinic student clinicians.
  • Participating with the faculty and staff team in EJ Clinic planning.
  • Engaging in outreach to potential partners, case development, and representing the EJ Clinic at trainings and events.
  • Assisting the director and staff attorney in identifying grant opportunities and drafting grant proposals.
  • The possibility of teaching a course in our online or residential program.

All fellowship materials should be sent to admiss@vermontlaw.edu 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
Environmental Justice LLM Fellowship
PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

Fellowship Benefits

  • Tuition waiver for LLM in Environmental Law or Food and Agricultural Law
  • $35,000 stipend per year

Fellowship Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Three to five years of relevant legislative, legal, or policy experience;
  • Strong legal research, writing, interpersonal, and communications skills, including experience working with people from a diversity of backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainable environmental justice programs (work in food and agriculture settings preferred); 
  • Admission to the LLM in Food and Agriculture Law or Environmental Law program at Vermont Law School (application for LLM admission can occur concurrently with application for EJ Clinic Fellow position); and
  • Admission to Vermont Bar (can be obtained within first year of position).

FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

The deadline for completed LLM applications and submission of fellowship materials is July 1, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Application for LLM in Environmental Law or Food and Agricultural Law

In addition to the LLM application requirements please submit the following:

  • Statement of interest specific to the fellowship (not longer than one single-spaced page);
  • Letter of recommendation specific to the fellowship; and
  • An academic writing sample of no more than five pages.

If you have any questions about the Environmental Justice Fellowship, please contact Marianne Engelman Lado, Director, Environmental Justice Clinic at mEngelmanLado@vermontlaw.edu. For general admissions questions, please contact the admissions office at admiss@vermontlaw.edu.