Food and Agriculture LLM Fellowship

The Food Movement grows here. Join us in Vermont, one of the most innovative and progressive states in the nation for food and agricultural law and policy. The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) invites applications for a two-year Food and Agriculture Fellowship beginning in August 2020. 

Fellowship Description

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School trains law and policy students to develop real-world solutions for a more sustainable and just food system. CAFS 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 from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to work in the cutting-edge field of food and agricultural law with experienced environmental, agricultural, and food law practitioners and students. 

Nature of the Fellowship

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

  • Working on CAFS projects to develop law and policy tools. Areas of research may include farmland access; food labeling and regulation of novel food products; development of a national food policy in the United States; legal barriers facing food hubs; legal resources for farmers markets; food safety regulations for produce farms; food and agriculture communications; food system equity; and biodiversity and agriculture. 
  • Working with and supervising student research assistants and/or clinicians in the Food and Agriculture Clinic. 
  • Engaging in outreach to the broader food system community, including representing CAFS’ work at trainings and events. 
  • Assisting the director 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
Food and Agriculture LLM Fellowship
PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

Fellowship Benefits

  • Tuition waiver for LLM in Food and Agriculture
  • $35,000 stipend per year (subject to budget approval)

Fellowship Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school; 
  • One to three years of relevant legislative, legal, or policy experience, including judicial clerkships (experience or interest in transactional law preferred); 
  • Strong legal research, writing, interpersonal, and communications skills; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture and local/regional food systems (work in food and agriculture settings preferred); 
  • Admission to the LLM in Food and Agriculture Law program at Vermont Law School (application for LLM admission can occur concurrently with application for CAFS Fellow position); and 
  • Admission to Vermont Bar (can be obtained within first year of position). 

FELLOWSHIP deadline

The deadline for completed LLM applications and submission of fellowship materials is May 1st, 2020.

Fellowship Requirements

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. 

decision process

Fellowship candidates will be forwarded to the Center for Food and Agriculture by May 15. Fellowship offers will be made by June 1st. Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days. Fall classes begin on August 24.

If you have any questions about the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems Fellowship, please contact Laurie Beyranevand, CAFS Director, at lbeyranevand@vermontlaw.edu. For general admissions questions, please contact the admissions office at admiss@vermontlaw.edu