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Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow (2013-14) — Washington, D.C.

Organization: Environmental Law Institute

Job Title:  Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Full Time — $35,000 with excellent benfits

Application Deadline: 10/31/12

Position Dates: 9/2/13

Posted On: 9/14/12

Organization Overview

For nearly three decades, the Environmental Law Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Today, ELI is an internationally recognized, independent research and education center. Through its information services, training courses and seminars, research programs, and policy recommendations, the Institute activates a broad constituency of environmental professionals in government, industry, the private bar, public interest groups, and academia. Central to ELI’s mission is convening this diverse constituency to work cooperatively in developing effective solutions pressing environmental problems.


Since 1999, the Research and Policy Division of the Environmental Law Institute has awarded a prestigious annual fellowship for outstanding recent law school graduates.

The law fellow works closely with ELI attorneys and other professionals, including ELI’s domestic and international partners, to advance environmental protection by analyzing existing legal tools, developing new ones, and crafting innovative approaches to implementation. This may require considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environmental laws—e.g., those governing energy, taxation, and land use.


Assignments include legal research and writing tasks across all ELI program areas, and the law fellow may be asked to make public presentations and assist in facilitating training activities. The law fellow is expected to assume substantial responsibility.


The fellowship hiring process is rigorous and highly competitive. Applicants must have a top academic record and possess superior legal research and writing skills. Law review experience is preferred; foreign language skills are a plus. The fellowship is awarded to a recent law school graduate (judicial law clerks are invited to apply). The one-year position begins in September of each year.

How to Apply

Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system, at

Note that your submission must contain three uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:
(1) a cover letter and resume, combined into a single document;
(2) a law school transcript; and
(3) a writing sample of approximately ten (but no more than 15) pages.

You must also provide three professional references as part of the online application. Although these are not required fields for the application software, a reference list is necessary for this employment opportunity.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please. Please send an email to if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions.

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