Join the EELP Team

With our expertise and unique perspectives, EELP faculty, staff, and students bring pragmatic legal analysis to bear on complex legal and policy challenges. Together we work to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future, mitigate the disruptive effects of climate change, protect public health and welfare from environmental degradation, promote sustainability and climate adaptation, and ensure environmental justice and a just transition for communities. 

Learn more about working with us below.

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Current Job Openings

Senior Staff Attorney

EELP is seeking a Senior Staff Attorney to develop legal and policy scholarship on corporations and climate change. Reporting to our Executive Director, the Senior Staff Attorney will be responsible for leading initiatives to build on existing EELP work on corporate climate-related disclosures and the materiality of climate change to investors to assess developments in financial regulation and other federal and state regulations to produce new research on key legal questions. They will also work with the EELP team to engage experts and private, public, and government stakeholders to explore legal responses to climate change. The Senior Staff Attorney will perform research and support stakeholder engagement for other EELP projects, and will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Fellows, and student Research Assistants on current and emerging energy and environmental issues. The Senior Staff Attorney will also help manage ongoing projects to track and analyze federal environmental, energy, and climate regulation and initiatives and build partnerships across the university to enhance our program’s work and influence.

As companies, financial institutions, and governments make net-zero greenhouse gas commitments, questions emerge about the implications for regulatory requirements and how such targets should inform investors and consumers. At the same time, new environmental regulatory requirements, federal and state incentive programs, and voluntary initiatives aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change threats have the potential to reshape many business sectors.

In addition to the subject matter areas and areas of responsibility described below, the Senior Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to work with the Executive Director to pursue other areas of interest in environmental and energy law.

Responsibilities: 

  • Generating and sustaining a portfolio of research, writing, and public engagement activities to develop and disseminate analysis of legal issues at the intersection of corporate and environmental law and/or other areas of environmental law.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, building and managing partnerships with outside stakeholders in corporate and investment communities and conducting public events and meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, building and managing partnerships with other related Harvard initiatives.
  • Advising and coordinating research activities with Fellows, student Research Assistants and outside partners; and developing and managing EELP events.
  • Helping manage and working on ongoing projects to track and analyze federal environmental, energy, and climate regulation and initiatives.
  • Delivering presentations and attending events on behalf of EELP.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a JD degree, admission to a state bar, and a minimum of 5 years of relevant post-graduate professional experience.

Skills: 

  • Strong research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and exercise judgment and discretion
  • Broad familiarity with a wide range of environmental statutes and case law
  • Ability to thrive in dynamic, entrepreneurial, self-motivated environment

To learn more and to apply please click here.

Legal Fellow

We’re seeking a Legal Fellow for 2022-2023 with the potential to renew for one additional year. The fellowship is a full-time, internally funded position in Cambridge, Massachusetts beginning in the fall semester. The Fellow will work on current projects, including the Biden administration’s regulatory actions to address climate change and environmental protection. The Fellow will also develop new projects, both independently and collaboratively with EELP colleagues, to provide rigorous legal analysis to advance deep decarbonization and protect public health and welfare.

To learn more and apply click here.

HLS Student Research Assistants

EELP regularly hires research assistants to work closely with our attorneys on a variety of topics in environmental and energy law. Students may help us track and analyze federal regulatory developments, research legal issues related to sea level rise, or work on research related to how the private sector is responding to climate change, among other topics. Students may prepare internal research memos and also have opportunities to contribute to publications or blogs on the topics they research.

If you are a Harvard Law School student and want to learn more about the RA program, visit our Student page.

Additional Opportunities

The deadline to apply for the 2-year Beagle Fellowship with NRDC has passed, but it will be available again next Fall.

View these featured job postings for opportunities related to environmental and energy law outside of HLS.