2019-2020 Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection by analyzing existing legal tools, developing new ones, and crafting innovative approaches. This may require considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society —e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and administration.


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


The fellowship hiring process is rigorous and highly competitive. Applicants must have a top academic record and exhibit 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.


$43,000 with excellent benefits.

Application Instructions

Submit an application package via ELI's online application system.  Simply click the blue Apply above to get started.

Note that your submission must contain the following uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:

  1. a cover letter and resume, combined into a single document;
  2. a law school transcript;
  3. three professional references; and
  4. a writing sample of approximately ten (but no more than 15) pages.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. 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.