Jobs at the Sabin Center
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- Fellowship in Climate Change Law
- Spring & Summer Internships
- Sabin Center Visiting Scholars Initiative
Fellowship in Climate Change Law
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a Climate Law Fellow for a two-year appointment beginning September 1, 2019. Under the supervision of Michael Gerrard, Faculty Director and Michael Burger, Executive Director, the fellow will conduct independent research, literature reviews, and benchmarking studies on a wide variety of issues related to Climate Change Law, as well as develop and implement advocacy strategies. Fellows work on a wide variety of research and writing projects concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation; contribute to advocacy-oriented programs and projects; help organize conferences, seminars, and collaborative publications; contribute to conceptualization, management and implementation of the Center’s web resources; and assist with oversight of interns and volunteers, among other projects.
Each fellow is employed as either a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. In both instances the minimum degree requirement is a JD, JD equivalent, or LLM within three years of beginning the fellowship. A candidate will be eligible for an appointment as Associate Research Scholar only if they have already completed a fellowship or postdoctoral training following their law degree. Strong academic qualifications and a background in environmental, natural resources or energy law and policy will be expected.
How to apply:
Applications for the 2019 Fellowship Program will be accepted until January 15, 2019. To apply, please complete the application here.
Undergraduate and Master’s Students
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School is accepting applications for a spring internship from exceptional undergraduate and/or master’s students. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply for this internship which will be focused on Environmental Impact Assessment in the Trump Administration.
Anticipated Tasks: We seek an intern to conduct an updated review of how the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) process, required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has considered climate change as part of its analysis during the Trump Administration. This will consist of document review of EIS’s and a written summary of trends, which will be used in an update to previous reports that we have published on this topic. Interns will examine trends in how projects discuss both contributions to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions and how climate change may impact projects (e.g. impacts from sea level rise, thawing permafrost, etc.).
Skills Required: The position is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Strong research and writing skills and excellent attention to detail are required. Familiarity with, and interest in, environmental or climate change law is an advantage.
To Apply: Please complete the application HERE by Thursday, January 31 at 11:55pm. Please also send a copy of your resume, cover letter, and an unofficial transcript to Climate Law Fellow Dena Adler at email@example.com.
Undergraduate and Master’s Students
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School is seeking a few exceptional undergraduate and/or master’s students to serve as interns for summer 2019. Undergraduate and master’s-level interns work with the Center’s faculty director, Professor Michael Gerrard, Executive Director Michael Burger, and current fellows on a wide range of cutting-edge climate change, energy, and environmental policy issues. The Center does both domestic and international work on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Students will be assigned to projects that are policy oriented, or may work jointly with law student interns on projects with a legal component, and should receive broad exposure to the field of climate change law. Students with some background in environmental policy, energy policy and/or sustainable development are particularly encouraged to apply. Internships are full time for 8-10 weeks. Unfortunately, the Center is not able to provide funding for summer internships, but Columbia students may apply for funding through the Earth Institute’s summer grants program and we are happy to support applications for outside funding.
To apply, please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and an unofficial transcript to Ama Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the internships are filled. For more information about the Center, please visit our website.
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is hiring for its 2019 summer internship program. Legal interns work with Center’s Faculty Director Michael Gerrard, Executive Director Michael Burger, and current fellows on a wide range of cutting-edge climate change, energy, and environmental law topics. Past summer legal interns have drafted a white paper to assist regulators in the design of carbon cap-and-trade programs, contributed sections of white papers on state energy efficiency laws and state disaster preparedness plans, advocated to improve the New York electricity grid’s ability to withstand future storms like Hurricane Sandy, and researched legal issues related to sea level rise in the Marshall Islands. Internships are full time for 8-10 weeks. Although the Center cannot provide direct funding for summer legal internships, interns are able to qualify for CLS non-profit summer funding. Non-CLS students may also apply for the summer internship program.
Sabin Center Visiting Scholars Initiative
In order to recognize and enhance work in the field of climate law the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School has established an initiative to sponsor Visiting Scholars on a regular basis. The initiative is open to faculty members from other law schools and related university departments, independent legal researchers, and other professionals working in the fields of climate change law and regulation. We expect the typical case involves a law professor on sabbatical for a semester or a practitioner or government official seeking the opportunity to concentrate on developing an innovative concept or approach to climate change.
During their visit, Visiting Scholars will participate in the life of the Center, presenting on their research efforts and attending relevant events. We also ask that Visiting Scholars commit to producing climate law-relevant work for the Center during their visit. The specific projects should be discussed with Center faculty and staff during the application and review process. The Scholars will be offered a desk in the Sabin Center with a computer and telephone privileges, along with a modest travel stipend. The Center can only accommodate one Visiting Scholar at a time.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through a two-part process. Prospective visitors are first asked to submit a full curriculum vitae and a one-page summary of a research proposal or topic, including why Center sponsorship would be helpful or relevant, to email@example.com. Successful candidates will then be asked to apply separately to Columbia Law School’s Visiting Scholars program. That program’s usual fees will be waived.
Additional requirements/steps for Foreign Nationals
The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa. Upon submission of all the documentation required by the United States government, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will issue the DS-2019 form needed to support the J-1 application.
This program is generously supported by the David Sive Memorial Fund.