UC Irvine School of Law - Environmental Law Clinic - Clinical Fellow

22 Jun 2021 12:39 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for the position of Clinical Fellow in its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The fellowship is designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in environmental law with mentorship and experience to help the attorney launch a career in clinical teaching, or to serve as a bridge to a career in public interest environmental law.

UCI Law enjoys a dynamic clinical program that is ranked highly on nationwide surveys. The ELC is one of several core clinics at UC Irvine that meet the School of Law’s clinical requirement. Under close supervision, ELC students advise and represent organizational clients on a wide range of environmental justice and environmental law issues focused on the protection and conservation of human health and ecosystems. The nature of the ELC’s projects varies depending on client need, appropriateness of project for clinical teaching, student and faculty interest, and resource availability, but projects will likely include a mix of advocacy, counseling, and policy matters in multiple fora.

Working with the Director, the ELC Fellow will mentor and work closely with students in the representation of ELC clients and will participate in program development including community lawyering and outreach. The ELC Fellow will also have opportunities for teaching within the ELC, including assisting with the teaching of the ELC seminar. The current ELC Fellow’s work has been divided roughly evenly between environmental justice and natural resource matters.

The ELC Fellow is expected to be a vital part not only of the ELC, but also of the UCI Clinical Law Program, and the law faculty’s intellectual life more generally. As such, the ELC Fellow will receive mentoring, and can expect support in terms of career development.


Candidates for the position must have:
(1) a J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school (3+ years’ experience preferred);
(2) a strong interest in working on environmental law and/or environmental justice matters;
(3) superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
(4) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to environmental law and/or environmental justice problems;
(5) the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff;
(6) a strong work ethic, and demonstrated understanding of the applicable ethical rules; and
(7) the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.
Additionally, the candidate should possess a record of exceptional academic success in law school.

The ELC Fellow will report to the Environmental Law Clinic Director, and work closely ELC students, and another clinical Fellow. The position is a full time and may be extended to a period not to exceed 2 years.
Salary is up to $80,000/yr. depending on experience. The ELC Fellow will be eligible for UC benefits.


Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06894

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Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06894

Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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