ENR 1L Fellowships

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Projects & Fellows Program at the University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENR) Center! ENR houses seven interdisciplinary projects that team law student energy with faculty expertise to provide research, analysis, and solutions to environmental problems in Oregon, the nation, and around the world. Each year, ENR selects a limited number of law students to work on these projects as ENR Fellows.

A small number of ENR’s fellowships are awarded to first-year law students (1Ls) – the Chapin Clark Fellowships and Dean’s Distinguished Environmental Law Fellowships. 1L Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in the principles and issues of environmental law. The total support to each 1L Fellow is $4,250. Fellowship appointments require a time commitment of 40 hours per semester and involve three primary areas of work:

  1. Administrative work including preparation of summary sheets and concept papers for each project, office hours, ENR Center staffing, helping out with ENR events, assisting other projects, talking with prospective students, regular meetings with Heather Brinton, ENR Managing Director;
  2. Project development work including project event planning, short courses, developing externship opportunities related to the project, organizing conference panels and workshops, brown bags, community events, guest speakers, and
  3. Substantive research and writing related to the project’s goals, developing interdisciplinary approaches to the issues addressed by the project and integrating traditional coursework with specialized study in the substantive area.

Additionally, by applying for a 1L Fellowship with ENR you will automatically be considered to receive a $3,000 summer stipend to support public interest environmental law and policy work during the summer following your 1L year.


Application Instructions:

  1. Apply to the University of Oregon School of Law’s J.D. Program
  2. Provide a short essay (250 to 750 words) describing your interests and experience in environmental law and why you want to participate in ENR’s interdisciplinary projects. Your name (as stated on your application for admission) must be included on your essay. Include a current resume.
  3. Email your essay and resume to: lawadmissions@uoregon.edu. Alternatively, you may mail your application materials to:
                    University of Oregon School of Law
                    Office of Admissions
                    1221 University of Oregon
                    Eugene, OR 97403-1221

Applications for an ENR fellowship may be submitted at the time you submit your law school application to the University of Oregon School of Law. ENR reviews applications for fellowships on a rolling basis and will continue until the fellowships are filled. Finalists for fellowships will be interviewed either on campus or remotely. The ENR Center will notify you of your selection. All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed.