Legal Fellow - Outside Funded 2024 - Location Flexible

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Conservation Law Foundation

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Boston, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking second- or third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow . This position is not funded; CLF will work with the Fellow to be considered for a sponsored fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2024.

If selected and if funding is obtained, the Legal Fellow will be located either in our Boston headquarters or in one of CLF’s other offices in New Haven, CT; Montpelier, VT; Concord, NH; Portland, ME; or Providence, RI, with some flexibility to work remotely within New England.

What You'll Do:

The fellowship provides new or recently barred lawyers an opportunity to serve as an attorney at one of the country’s oldest and most respected non-profit environmental advocacy organizations. The Legal Fellow will be a key part of the team to which they are assigned, responsible for developing policy and legal solutions to an array of environmental issues including clean energy, climate change, and environmental justice. Specific program assignments and responsibilities will be determined based on selected projects.

What You'll Need:

  • A law degree
  • A passion and commitment to the environment, public health, and/or social justice;
  • Excellent legal advocacy and writing skills;
  • Commitment to developing new skills and responsibilities;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and partners;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Process:

CLF will review applications after July 1 st and will select candidates to continue the process with by August 1 st . Once selected, CLF will work with the candidate to apply for the outside funded fellowship, including working together on project-based fellowship ideas as applicable.

Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and a 1-2 page summary of a fellowship proposal idea. The summary should cover the following:

  • Which fellowship(s) you intend to apply for;
  • What your fellowship project aims to do;
  • Who your fellowship project will help;
  • Why the project is a good fit for CLF (including which program this project might be housed in); and
  • Anything else you want us to know.

We will use this summary as both a writing sample and to measure the proposed project’s fit with CLF’s strategic goals.

Salary & Benefits:

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The base salary for this position is $60,000 for Boston-based Fellows and $52,000 for those based in other New England states; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

About CLF:

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people and future generations. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science, and the markets to create solutions that preserve and restore our natural resources, build healthy and resilient communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. Every day, CLF advocates work for and with New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation and health burdens. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.