Clinical Teaching Graduate Fellowship Program - Environmental Law Clinic
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is now accepting applications for a clinical teaching fellow in its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The ELC works on a wide range of environmental matters in both federal and state contexts, including litigation. ELC’s core mission is to protect communities, wild places, and wildlife from pollution, exploitation, and overdevelopment while assisting students in honing legal skills as they explore the practice of environmental law.
Denver Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Graduate fellows also learn about legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LL.M. upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching.
Fellows enroll in a three-year program during which they are in residence at one of Denver Law’s in-house clinics. The fellowship will commence no later than July 1, 2021. Fellows directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in our clinics, first as co-supervisors with clinic faculty and then on their own. Fellows also assist in teaching clinic seminars and perform work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality to earn the LL.M.
Clinical Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health and dental benefits, a waiver of all tuition and fees in the LL.M. program, and a travel budget for conferences. As full-time students, teaching fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. Fellows are integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. They are invited to attend faculty workshops and participate in mentoring sessions.
Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent; minimum 3 years of practice experience (ideally in environmental litigation); excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interest in clinical teaching. Fellows must be members of the Colorado Bar or willing to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship (Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a clinical program to waive into the Bar).
Applications are due by April 19, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Names and contact information for three references
- Statement of interest of no more than two pages. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the clinic; c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; and e) anything else you consider pertinent.
- A writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.
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