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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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.


Fall Internships

Undergraduate and Master’s Students

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School is accepting applications for a fall 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 Climate Change Risk Assessment in the Trump Administration.

Anticipated Tasks: We seek an intern to complete two tasks related to Trump Administration assessments of climate change risks. Task one will consist of a review of Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs) required as a condition of FEMA funding to see whether and how climate change risks are being assessed as part of these plans. The intern will research and report on: 1) current status of FEMA guidance on incorporation of climate change in HMPs, 2) current status of state updates to HMPs as between our 2013 report and today, 3) expected timing (if known) of other state updates, and 4) complete secondary source review that identifies any post-2015 studies looking at relationship between state and local HMPs and climate impacts. The second task will consist of 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.

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: Complete the online application available here by September 16, 2018 at 11:55pm. Please also send a copy of your resume and an unofficial transcript to Climate Law Fellow Dena Adler at dadler3@law.columbia.edu. For information on any additional fall internship opportunities please contact Dena Adler.


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.

Application process

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 mburger@law.columbia.edu. 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.