Jobs and Internships at the Sabin Center

Fellowship in Climate Change Law

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law seeks a Climate Justice Fellow for a one-year appointment, with an option for a second year, starting in September 2023. Under the supervision of Michael Gerrard, Faculty Director and Michael Burger, Executive Director, the incumbent will conduct independent research, literature reviews, and benchmarking studies on a wide variety of issues related to climate change law, with a special focus on issues related to climate justice and equity, 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, including issues of justice and equity in those contexts; 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD, JD equivalent, or LLM.
  • Strong academic qualifications and a demonstrated interest in climate justice and equity, and/or in 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.

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.

How to Apply:

Please apply here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply no later than January 15, 2023.

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 summer internships with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has ended. Please check back in January 2023. 

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.