Chicago Law School fellow in Environmental Law Clinic

April 3, 2016

The University of Chicago Law School is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position training and supervising law students as a Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer, in the Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. The appointment is for one year; re-appointment for a second term may be possible. The position is for the 2016-17 academic year and will start on July 1, August 1 or September 1, 2016, based upon mutual agreement of the Law School and the successful applicant.

Representing environmental organizations, the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic sues those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, and promotes innovative approaches for improving the environment. In addition, the clinic’s faculty are some of the primary resources for law student organizations and law students interested in environmental and energy issues, and clinic faculty have helped to organize panels, events and conferences on these topics.

Reporting to the clinic’s Director, the successful candidate will participate in all aspects of the clinic. Job responsibilities include training and supervising students, working with the Director to teach the seminar component of the clinic, developing and selecting clients, assisting in publicizing the clinic’s cases and activities, and organizing and coordinating relevant events, lectures and other clinic activities. One goal of this Fellowship is to train aspiring clinical teachers and public interest environmental attorneys.

Candidates must have a J.D. and at least two years of work experience as a practicing lawyer, with a strong preference for those who have worked for an environmental non-profit organization or government agency using litigation and similar enforcement tools. Must be a member in good standing of at least one bar and must be able to secure admission to the Illinois bar through waiver or examination promptly upon joining the clinic. Excellent writing, editing, advocacy, and supervision skills are required. Experience clerking at the trial court level is strongly desired, but not required. Prior teaching experience is highly desirable, but not required.

Each candidate should submit a cover letter that includes a detailed description of the candidate’s relevant practice experience and teaching/supervision experience, resume or curriculum vita, a law school transcript, a list of references, course evaluations from prior teaching experience, if any, and a legal writing sample (not edited by anyone else). Other material relevant to a candidacy may be included. Candidates are required to apply online and upload all application material at the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54508
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled or until June 30, 2016, whichever is sooner.

 

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