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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Diehl Environmental Law Fellows: Applications Open

October 30, 2020

Announcement to 3L Students Graduating in May 2021
Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Program
Applications due January 13, 2021

Lewis & Clark Law School is the recipient of a bequest from John E. Diehl who was an active environmentalist in Washington. The Diehl bequest supports a fellowship program for Lewis & Clark law school graduates who are planning to work in public interest environmental law. The bequest specified a preference for graduates who are “dedicated to resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization.” Recipients will be designated “Diehl Environmental Law Fellows.”

Up to three Diehl Fellowships of $40,000 each will be awarded to students graduating in May of 2021. As part of their application, students will be asked to describe their prospects for qualifying jobs upon graduation with preference given for those with strong leads or offers of post-graduate employment. It is preferable, but not required, that the post-graduate positions be at least two years, with the Diehl funding available in the second year and the employer supporting all costs in the first year. The committee will also consider positions that are just one year. A fourth fellowship is designated for a graduate who has received an Earthrise Law Center fellowship (and will be applied in the second year of the two-year fellowship).

Application Eligibility:
Applications are available to third year law students currently enrolled at and planning to graduate from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2021. Applicants must be committed to public interest jobs after graduation in resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization. Qualifying employers include non-government organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private firms that focus on public interest environmental work similar to nonprofit organizations (e.g., citizen suits). The post-graduate employment must be full time of 35 or more hours per week. Employment with more than one qualifying employer may also count if the total hours worked is at least 35 hours per week.

Students must also be in good academic standing. Grades may be a factor in making final decisions.

Preference will be given to applicants who have already secured a qualifying post-graduate position or who have strong indication they will secure qualifying employment at one or more organizations. In all cases, successful recipients must begin their employment no later than March 15 of the year following their graduation to remain eligible for the fellowship.

The Fellowship funding will be provided upon proof of qualifying employment (letter from employer) and will be made in installments over a 12-month period. The funding can be provided either directly to the employer or to the individual fellow (in the latter case, note that the fellow will be responsible for payment of any taxes).

2021 Application Process and Deadlines:
*By Noon*, January 13
Submit application materials via a single PDF document to Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Selection Committee c/o Alexis Burchett:

*Early applications are welcome and encouraged.
Please note that Wyss Scholars are not eligible for the Diehl Fellowships.


Application can be downloaded here.
*Please make sure to save the file before filling out the materials*

For more information:

Alexis Burchett
Program Coordinator
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program
Lewis & Clark Law School

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