Harvard Law School - Clinical Fellow, Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

28 Jan 2020 4:29 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL is hiring a Clinical Fellow for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic.

Expected Start Date: Summer 2020, with some flexibility depending on the chosen candidate

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic typically works with scientists, medical professionals, nonprofit and public interest organizations, and government clients on environmental and energy issues at the federal, state and local level.  The work includes writing comments and briefs about federal and state regulations, drafting climate change mitigation and adaptation regulations and policies for municipalities, preparing guidance documents and manuals for non-lawyers, drafting model legislation, and preparing policy papers.  Working with students, the Clinic develops novel strategies to address thorny environmental problems; investigates new cases; works with scientific, economic, and policy experts to help them present their views about the impacts of legal reforms; builds and reviews administrative records; advises citizen scientists; convenes meetings of policy-makers and regulators; and hosts webinars.

The Clinical Fellow will work with the Clinic Director and staff attorneys on a broad array of environmental and natural resource cases and projects and assist with the supervision of the students working in the Clinic.  The Fellow’s work will involve a mix of litigation, administrative advocacy, policy work, legislative drafting, and client advising.  Specifically, the Clinical Fellow will be expected to do some or all of the following:

  • Participate in researching, writing, and editing briefs, comment letters, petitions for rulemakings, complaints, legislation, and other case and project documents;
  • Investigate and develop new Clinic projects and follow up on inquiries for the Clinic’s assistance;
  •  Assist in the development of educational materials (e.g., research guides), seminars, and webinars offered by the Clinic;
  • Work with students and engage in student outreach;
  • Promote the Clinic’s work, including via blog posts and website updates;
  • Assist with event planning and organizing; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The fellowship offers ample opportunity for professional development through working closely with Clinic faculty, staff, students, clients, and partners; developing expertise in particular issue areas; gaining experience with a broad range of advocacy and client counseling strategies; and teaching and mentoring law students.  The Clinic Fellow will be part of the intellectual community at Harvard Law School and will have opportunities to attend workshops and conferences.


  • J.D., with superior academic achievement;
  • 0–3 years of legal experience;
  • Some specialized knowledge and/or experience in environmental law, administrative law, energy law, and/or local government law;
  • Clerkships, litigation experience, legislative experience, or advanced degrees in relevant disciplines are valued;
  • The ideal candidate will have strong legal research, writing, and editing skills, have strong interpersonal skills, and be comfortable working both independently and in teams.

Harvard Law School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category.  We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Terms of Employment:

This is a one- to two-year term appointment, subject to performance, funding, and departmental need.  The fellowship position includes certain Harvard benefits and a salary commensurate with other public interest fellowship programs.

To Apply:

Please submit the following materials by email to Jacqueline Calahong (jcalahong@law.harvard.edu):

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Law school transcript;
  • One or two writing samples (preferably independently-authored articles, briefs, memoranda, comment letters, or white papers);
  • The names of three references.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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