Pro Bono Research Fellow Positions

The research centers at Berkeley Law have created a small number of public interest and pro bono opportunities in the form of fellow positions in response to the needs of recent graduates who have faced lay-offs and delayed start dates with their firms.  Fellows will engage in research, writing and advocacy, and will participate in the planning and execution of events like roundtables and colloquia. The fellows will work under the direction of Boalt faculty and the Institute's Executive Director. The volunteer positions will range from part-time (20-30 hours a week) to full-time.

We seek fellows for the following projects:

1. Afghanistan Rule of Law project – includes research, project development and implementation in broad areas of law including women’s rights.
2. Climate Change – includes research on possible legal, social, and political responses to likely effects of climate change for articles and book project.
3. Research on international arbitration, international courts, climate change and the oceans, and ASIL
4. Research on corruption and the FCPA and UNCAC, and in particular preventing corruption in disaster relief efforts. Drafting policy memo.
5. Water Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa – includes research and drafting papers analyzing conflicting water regulations (Islamic laws, formal laws, customary practices);  organizing and participating in roundtable in Senegal. French required. 
6. Patent laws and flexibilities that affect pharmaceuticals in developing countries from the 1950s to present. Language skills Spanish (required) and French (preferred).

Please provide the following information:
1) cover letter specifying Center and area of interest;
2) resume or CV;
3) law school transcripts (optional but helpful);
4) firm name (if you have been deferred) and deferral dates.

Applications accepted until positions have been filled. 

To apply, please email



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