Sabin Center Visiting Scholars Initiative
In order to recognize and enhance work in the field of climate law the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School has established an initiative to sponsor Visiting Scholars on a regular basis. The initiative is open to faculty members from other law schools and related university departments, independent legal researchers, and other professionals working in the fields of climate change law and regulation. We expect the typical case involves a law professor on sabbatical for a semester or a practitioner or government official seeking the opportunity to concentrate on developing an innovative concept or approach to climate change.
During their visit, Visiting Scholars will participate in the life of the Center, presenting on their research efforts and attending relevant events. We also ask that Visiting Scholars commit to producing climate law-relevant work for the Center during their visit. The specific projects should be discussed with Center faculty and staff during the application and review process. The Scholars will be offered a desk in the Sabin Center with a computer and telephone privileges, along with a modest travel stipend. The Center can only accommodate one Visiting Scholar at a time.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through a two-part process. Prospective visitors are first asked to submit a full curriculum vitae and a one-page summary of a research proposal or topic, including why Center sponsorship would be helpful or relevant, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful candidates will then be asked to apply separately to Columbia Law School's Visiting Scholars program. That program's usual fees will be waived.
Additional requirements/steps for Foreign Nationals
The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa. Upon submission of all the documentation required by the United States government, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will issue the DS-2019 form needed to support the J-1 application.
This program is generously supported by the David Sive Memorial Fund.
Summer 2015 Internships
Please note: the application period for summer internships is now closed.
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is hiring for its 2015 summer internship program. Legal interns at SCCCL work with Center Director, Professor Michael Gerrard, Executive Director Michael Burger, and current fellows on a wide range of cutting-edge climate change, energy, and environmental law topics. The Center does both domestic and international work on mitigation and adaptation. 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 SCCCL cannot provide direct funding for summer legal internships, SCCCL interns are able to qualify for CLS non-profit summer funding. Non-CLS students may also apply for the summer internship program.
To apply, please send a copy of your resume and an unofficial transcript to Executive Director Michael Burger, email@example.com.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School is currently seeking a few exceptional undergraduate and/or masters students to serve as interns for summer 2015. Undergraduate & masters-level interns at SCCCL work with the Center's faculty director, Prof. 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 mitigation and adaptation. Students will be assigned to projects that are policy oriented, or may work jointly with law student interns on those 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, SCCCL is not able to provide funding for summer internships, but Columbia students may apply for funding through the Earth Institute’s summer grants program and we are happy to support applications for outside funding.
To apply, please send a copy of your resume to Jessica Wentz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship in Climate Change Law
Each year, the Sabin Center accepts applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in climate change law. Applicants must have received a J.D. or LL.M. degree within three years prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Strong academic qualifications and background in environmental or energy law and policy will be expected. The Fellow will work on a wide variety of research and writing projects; will help organize conferences, seminars, and collaborative publications; and will contribute to other research- and advocacy-oriented projects concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation. The application period for the 2015-2016 fellowship is now closed. An announcement for the 2016-2017 fellowship will be posted later this year.