2019-2020 Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,000
Maximum: $43,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



1730 M Street, NW
Suite 700
United States


Since 1999, the Research and Policy Division of the Environmental Law Institute has awarded a prestigious annual fellowship for outstanding recent law school graduates.

The law fellow works closely with ELI attorneys and other professionals, including U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection by analyzing existing legal tools, developing new ones, and crafting innovative approaches. This may require considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society —e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and administration.


The law fellow is expected to assume substantial responsibility. Assignments include legal research, writing, and collaboration across all substantive ELI program areas. The law fellow may be asked to make public presentations and assist in facilitating training activities.


The fellowship hiring process is rigorous and highly competitive. Applicants must have a top academic record and exhibit superior legal research and writing skills. Law review experience is preferred; foreign language skills are a plus. The fellowship is awarded to a recent law school graduate (judicial law clerks are invited to apply). The one-year position begins in September of each year.


$43,000 with excellent benefits.


ELI's excellent benefits include:

  • health, dental, and vision insurance
  • life insurance
  • short and long term disability insurance
  • long term care insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • 403(b) retirement savings account with employer match
  • fitness incentive
  • pre-tax transportation benefit
  • paid time off (vacation, sick, holidays)

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Submit an application package via ELI's online application system. Simply go to https://www.eli.org/employment to get started.

Note that your submission must contain the following uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:

  1. a cover letter and resume, combined into a single document;
  2. a law school transcript;
  3. three professional references; and
  4. a writing sample of approximately ten (but no more than 15) pages.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please. 

ELI is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. We firmly believe that hiring individuals with varying perspectives and backgrounds contributes to our success as an organization, and we strive to create an environment that fosters inclusiveness. As such, minority candidates and candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.