Assistant / Associate Specialist in Law
University of California Berkeley School of Law
United States

Assistant/Associate Specialist - Climate & Ocean Research Fellow - School of Law

Job #JPF02631
  • School of Law - JD Program

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 24th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jul 20, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jul 27, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Working Title: Climate & Ocean Research Fellow
Job Classification: Assistant or Associate Specialist
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary Range: $57,800 - $70,100
This is a 100% time, one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal.

Overview: The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Climate & Oceans Research Fellow focused on climate and ocean law and policy.

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation. Building on UC Berkeley’s history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley Law faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE’s research priorities include combating climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and sustaining healthy oceans, among other pressing environmental and energy challenges.

The Climate & Ocean Law & Policy Fellow will work on domestic and international law and policy issues, roughly splitting their time between projects within the Climate Program and projects within the Ocean Program. Specific research areas will depend on the Center’s current research portfolio and the Fellow’s background and interests, but will likely include: (1) on the climate side, work on California climate programs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and zero-emission transportation; (2) on the ocean side, domestic offshore renewable energy development, international ocean law issues including deep sea mining and marine scientific research; and (3) other potential energy and environmental issues. The Fellow will collaborate with project partners at nongovernmental organizations, at other academic institutions, in both domestic and foreign governmental bodies, from the business community, and other stakeholders.
For more information on CLEE, see

Primary Responsibilities:

• Conducting research on climate and ocean law and policy, both domestic and international, under the direction of and in collaboration with Berkeley Law faculty, staff, and students and colleagues at other institutions;
• Drafting white papers, reports, and outreach materials (including social media, op-eds, and other) for policy-focused audiences, under the direction of faculty and staff;
• Assisting Center faculty and staff in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other convenings with ocean law and policy leaders, policymakers, and academics;
• Presenting at events to nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and/or stakeholder communities, as well as media, about research initiatives;
• Assisting with other aspects of workshop, research, and report production as appropriate; and
• Assisting with other miscellaneous tasks for the ocean program and the Center broadly.
• The fellow must be willing to travel occasionally within California and sometimes out of stateand/or internationally,  pending public health guidelines related to COVID-19.
• Duties will be adjusted as applicable in response to campus guidelines relating to COVID-19.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, or equivalent international degree at time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

• J.D. degree, equivalent international degree, or other advanced degree in fields closely related to environmental law and policy at the time of application;
• At least 2 years of professional experience in a law- or policy-focused environment, including but not limited to study in an advanced academic program or Law Program;
• Background in climate and/or ocean law, policy, and/or science;
• Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, science, business, and policy;
• Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives;
• Experience with research, writing, and analysis;
• Ability to communicate effectively;
• Ability to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively;
• Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments;
• Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines;
• Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas; and
• An interest in making the world better.

Application Procedure:

Please visit the following link to apply:
This position will remain open until filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact
The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at

Letters of reference, copies of scholarly transcripts, and other materials may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.
Berkeley Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Writing sample - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages
Reference requirements
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