Clinical Law Fellow

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Close Date: March 25, 2019
  • Hiring Organization: Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic
  • Contact Name: Shannon Arata
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Job Description

About the Clinic: The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is a joint program of Duke Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Our mission is training the next generation of leaders to solve environmental problems while providing access to justice in underserved communities. Students and law fellows advise and represent non-profit clients under the supervision of Clinic Director Ryke Longest and Supervising Attorney Michelle Nowlin. The Clinic provides a range of services to its nonprofit clients, including factual and legal research, litigation representation, policy research and development, and client counseling. Cases involve a wide range of environmental matters, including watershed and wetlands protection, water quality, land conservation, renewable energy, pesticide exposure, air pollution, endangered species protection, climate change, toxic chemical exposure, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice and much more.

About the Position: This position is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of extension for a second year depending upon performance and funding. Salary and benefits are commensurate with comparable academic positions at Duke. This is a full-time professional position located in Durham, North Carolina. Some additional evening, weekend, and travel assignments may be required.


Responsibilities: Depending on the Clinic’s caseload and the law fellow’s skills and experience, responsibilities may include:

● Supporting the Clinic course as a Teaching Assistant in clinical seminars
● Supervising student work on case teams in conjunction with clinical faculty
● Maintaining current content on the course website (Sakai)
● Conducting legal research using a wide range of research tools
● Developing legal strategies to accomplish clients’ goals
● Drafting legal documents, including motions and pleadings for state and federal courts
● Policy analysis and drafting policy recommendations
● Drafting comment letters and petitions directed to state and federal agencies
● Advising clients on legal and policy matters
● Statutory and regulatory analysis
● Drafting proposed legislation and regulations
● Editing and proofreading, including for compliance with the Bluebook or other style manuals
● Public information requests and document review from agencies
● Supporting supervising attorneys in student supervision and case management
● Presenting before client and community groups
● Working with Clinic staff to recruit students for course work and for employment opportunities such as summer fellowships

● Identifying potential clients and developing client relationships
● Organizing meetings with clients, colleagues, and community groups
● Attending state and/or federal agency meetings
● Attending and presenting at environmental law conferences
● Following established office protocol and procedures
● Assisting other team members including Paralegal
● Assisting in drafting scholarly writing for publication (if time permits)


● Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school
● Admission to at least one state bar at least three years prior to applying, and in good standing
● Admission to or willingness to apply for admission to the North Carolina State Bar is required
● Proficiency using Westlaw or LexisNexis for legal research. Working knowledge of Clio or other document management software.
● Knowledge of environmental and administrative laws at both the state and federal levels, and willingness to learn new areas of law
● Ability to independently identify and complete tasks necessary for effective client representation
● Effective and respectful communication with co-workers, clients, and students
● Excellent analytical and persuasive writing
● Effectively communicates complex legal strategy to lay audiences both orally and in writing
● Demonstrated dedication to environmental clinical practice
● Excellent time management skills
● Preferences in hiring include: experience with environmental law clinical work, litigation experience, and teaching experience

Salary / Compensation

Salary and benefits are commensurate with comparable academic positions at Duke.

Applications Instructions

All candidates must apply through Academic Jobs Online (

Please also send a copy of all application materials (cover letter, resume, writing sample (no longer than 15 pages), and contact information for 3 professional references) to by 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2019. Target hire month is June 2019.

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