Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Washington, DC, US

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.


$40,000 with excellent benefits.
How to Apply

Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system by clicking the Apply button above.

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.

IMPORTANT: you must ensure that each of these items is uploaded as described above. The system will allow a maximum of three uploaded documents. ELI is unable to consider incomplete applications.

You must also provide three professional references as part of your online application.  Although the online form does not display these fields as “required,” a reference list is in fact necessary to apply for this specific employment opportunity.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 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 [email protected] if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions.

View information on ELI’s past Public Interest Law Fellows.

The Environmental Law Institute is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and to achieving an inclusive, diverse workplace that values every individual.
Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.