Environmental Law Fellowships Available for HLS Students and Alumni

T.A. Barron Fellowships for Summer Work in Public Interest Environmental Law

(This fellowship’s deadline has passed. Please check back for information about the 2019-20 fellowships.)

The Environmental Law Program is offering five fellowships up to $10,000.00 to Harvard Law School students doing work within the public interest environmental law field during the summer of 2018. Qualifying work could include positions at government entities, NGOs, or other public interest organizations working on issues such as climate change, energy regulation, land acquisition and management, pollution control, carbon policy, environmental justice, water quality, or biodiversity conservation. This is not an exclusive list of employers or fields, and students are invited to think broadly about work that might qualify.

Applicants should be students who are returning to HLS in the fall of 2018. Experience with environmental law is not a requirement for the fellowship, and those new to the field are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should first secure their summer position, and then apply for the fellowship; applications by students who have not secured a summer position will not be considered.

Applications should include: a description of the organization where the student will be employed, a brief description of the summer projects the applicant will undertake, the name of the applicant’s supervisor, a resume, transcript, and a statement of interest conveying the reasons why the applicant was drawn to the job and any background the applicant has in environmental law. Applications should be submitted by March 23rd to Kathy Curley at curley@law.harvard.edu. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Questions regarding the T.A. Barron Fellowships should be directed to curley@law.harvard.edu.

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Beagle/HLS Fellowship at NRDC — 2019-2021

San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Chicago IL, or Washington, DC

History and Purposes

The Beagle/HLS Fellowship at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) provides graduating HLS students and recent alumni with a two-year funded litigation position at NRDC.  The Fellowship was established by a generous gift to Harvard Law School by the Beagle Foundation that was created by Joy Covey ’89.  The purposes of the Fellowship are to create a two-year job at NRDC for a recent HLS graduate (the “Fellow”); to provide training and supervision for the Fellow; to enhance the Fellow’s lawyering/litigation skills; and to promote the Fellow’s interest in pursuing a career in nonprofit litigation and environmental law.

Beagle/HLS Fellowship at NRDC Guidelines

The Beagle/HLS Fellowship will be awarded to graduating Harvard Law School students, judicial clerks or recent alumni (up to three years out of law school).  Preference will be given to law clerks and third-year students.  Applicants must be available to start work the fall following their application.

Selection Criteria
The Fellows are selected by NRDC and an HLS Committee.  NRDC and the Committee seek Fellows who have demonstrated an interest in, and commitment to, nonprofit law, especially environmental law, and who demonstrate promise for an outstanding career in nonprofit environmental law.  This interest and commitment may be demonstrated through prior public service experience, personal essays, recommendations, extracurricular activities, law school course work, academic achievements, and current work plans.

The Beagle Fellow for 2019-2021 will be placed in NRDC’s San Francisco, New York, Chicago, or Washington DC office.  NRDC will try to honor the Fellow’s preference as to his or her office placement.

The Fellow’s compensation will be equivalent to the starting salary for a new attorney or fellow at NRDC, according to the NRDC scale. For 2019-20, salary will likely be in the range of $65K. NRDC will provide medical benefits for each Fellow equivalent to those provided to other NRDC employees, and will cover overhead expenses.


Application Materials and Procedures:

All applications must include:

  • A cover letter, which should include a statement about which NRDC office the applicant would prefer to work in and which office(s) the applicant would consider working in,
  • Resume,
  • Law school transcript,
  • Writing sample,
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably including one from an HLS faculty member, and the name of a third reference,
  • A personal essay.

Applications should be received by the Environmental Law Program, addressed to Kathy Curley, no later than September 28, 2018.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview with NRDC and must participate in the interview to be further considered for the Fellowship.

Questions may be directed to Kathy Curley at (617) 495-3097 or curley@law.harvard.edu.  Applications and correspondence should be sent to:

Beagle/HLS Fellowship at NRDC
Environmental Law Program
Harvard Law School
1575 Massachusetts Avenue
Hauser 406
Cambridge, MA  02138

Award Decisions

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by December 2018.

Each Fellow’s salary will be treated as eligible for the Low Income Protection Program (HLS’s loan repayment program).

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