Jobs and Internships at the Sabin Center

ICRRL Fellow (Associate Research Scholar)

Description

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a fellow to enhance and expand the Center’s work on climate risk and financial regulation. The Associate Research Scholar will help to advance the Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law (ICRRL), which the Center established in June 2021 in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, and Vanderbilt University School of Law. ICRRL aims to develop innovate legal solutions to mitigate and manage climate-related risks. The fellow will play a leading role in ICRRL’s work on climate risk and financial regulation.

In particular, working with the Sabin Center’s Faculty Director and Executive Director and ICRRL partners, the fellow will:

  • Conduct research and publish reports, articles, and other materials on corporate climate risk, financial regulation, and related topics.
  • Lead the Sabin Center’s engagement in relevant regulatory proceedings through the submission of comments and supporting legal and scientific research, as well as in amicus efforts in relevant judicial proceedings.
  • Coordinate with, and facilitate the engagement of, other stakeholders. 
  • Help raise ICRRL’s profile and grow its network of legal and technical experts, including by identifying and engaging with legal scholars, practitioners, and others with expertise relevant to climate risk and financial regulation.

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

The Sabin Center’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads us to seek candidates from a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

About the Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law:

You can learn more about ICRRL here.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree.
  • 3-8 years of professional legal experience with a government agency, NGO, law firm, corporation, or law school center.
  • Admission to the bar in at least one U.S. state.
  • Experience in climate change, ESG, corporate law, financial and securities regulation.

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ICRRL Fellow (Postdoc Research Scholar)

Description

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a fellow to contribute to the Center’s work on climate risk and resilience. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will support the development of the Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law (ICRRL), which the Center established in June 2021 in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, and Vanderbilt University School of Law. ICRRL aims to develop innovate legal solutions to mitigate and manage climate-related risks.

Under the supervision of the Center’s Faculty Director and Executive Director, and in collaboration with ICRRL partners, the fellow will:

  • Track federal and state government action on climate risk and resilience, particularly in the financial and energy sectors.
  • Contribute to the Sabin Center’s engagement in relevant regulatory proceedings through the submission of comments and supporting legal and scientific research, as well as in amicus efforts in relevant judicial proceedings. 
  • Conduct research and publish white papers, articles, and other materials on climate risk and resilience in the financial and energy sectors.
  • Help organize conferences, seminars, and other convenings.

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

The Sabin Center’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads us to seek candidates from a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

About the Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law:

You can learn more about ICRRL here.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree.
  • Strong academic qualifications and a demonstrated interest in climate change, environmental, natural resources, or energy law and policy will be expected.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 - 3 years of professional legal experience with a government agency (including through a clerkship), NGO, law firm, corporation, or law school center. 
  • Interest in, or experience with, financial regulation preferred.

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International CO2 transport Fellow (Open Rank) 

Description

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a fellow to lead a one-year grant funded project exploring the legal framework for international transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) for sequestration. Under the supervision of the Center’s Faculty Director and Executive Director, the fellow will research international and domestic (U.S.) laws governing the cross-border transport of CO2 for sequestration, with a particular focus on how such transport fits into broader climate and environmental protection regimes, including the Paris Agreement, carbon markets and emissions trading, and international shipping.

The fellow will publish the findings of their research in reports, articles, or other materials, and present at relevant conferences and workshops.

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

The Sabin Center’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads us to seek candidates from a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree.
  • 2-8 years of professional legal experience with a government agency, NGO, law firm, corporation, or law school center.
  • Experience in international and domestic (US) climate change law and policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in carbon capture and sequestration, international carbon markets, and/or climate finance.

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Climate Justice & Equity Fellow (Open Rank)

Description

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a Climate Justice and Equity Fellow for a one-year appointment. 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 justice and equity, as well as develop and implement advocacy strategies. The incumbent will work on research and writing projects concerning justice and equity in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation; contribute to programs and projects that engage in active law and policy contexts; 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.

The Sabin Center’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads us to seek candidates from a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree.
  • Strong academic qualifications and a demonstrated interest in climate justice and equity will be expected.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 - 3 years of professional legal experience with a government agency (including through a clerkship), NGO, law firm, corporation, or law school center.

The position will be filled as either a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar. In both instances the minimum degree requirement is a JD or equivalent legal degree 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.

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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. 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. The incumbent will 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:

JD, JD equivalent, or LLM. 

The position will be filled as either a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar. 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 demonstrated interest in environmental, natural resources or energy law and policy will be expected.

The Sabin Center’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads us to seek candidates from a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds.

How to Apply:

We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back later for a new fellowship position. 


Summer Internships

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 2022. 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. Preference will be given to Columbia/Barnard students.

Law Students

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.

How to Apply: The application process for a 2022 summer internship with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has ended. 


Visiting Scholars 

In order to recognize and enhance work in the field of climate law the Sabin Center on occasion sponsors researchers and scholars who have applied for and been accepted to Columbia Law Schools Visiting Scholars Program. Applicants interested in Center sponsorship may email the Faculty Director or Executive Director to notify them of their interest in sponsorship.