Teaching & Research Assistant Openings


California Water Law & Policy

Jayni Hein and Deborah Lambe of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law are seeking a research assistant for the Spring semester, with the option to continue research until July 1.

The student would help with two water-related projects:

1. A project examining the status of hydrologic fracking laws and regulations in California and the U.S., including proposed legislation.

2. A review of California water utility regulation, including possible assistance developing a primer on California water utility regulation.

If you are interested in working as a GSR for these projects, please send an email describing your interest to CLEE Executive Director Jayni Hein at jhein@law.berkeley.edu by February 27, 2012. Standard GSR rate applies.

New Energy & Cleantech Research Seminar -- Applications Now Available -- Seeking both Student Participants and TAs

The new seminar will explore the burgeoning field of cleantech law and policy from multiple perspectives: environmental protection; energy regulation; technology and intellectual property policy; and business finance. The class would be jointly taught by Professors Peter Menell and Steven Weissman, with assistance from Sarah Barker-Ball (Fall 2010 Energy & Cleantech Program Fellow) and other faculty and fellows of Berkeley Law centers.  The seminar will develop a framework for analyzing the interrelationship between cleantech and environmental policy. Based upon this framework, each student in the seminar will develop an in-depth case study of a major cleantech project. Possible projects include major wind initiatives, building transmission capacity in the Mojave desert, biofuels, electric vehicles, smart grid technologies, high-speed trains, and nuclear energy. Students are welcome to propose other topics as well. Students will meet with advisers -- from the faculty and legal practice -- as they explore their projects.
The course will extend over both the fall and spring semesters, with 2 units offered each /semester.  The class would comprise: (1) lectures by faculty and guest lecturers on topics such as climate change, environmental regulation, environmental ethics, intellectual property, and cleantech financing frameworks; (2) meetings among students and TAs / professors to discuss project progress; and (3) a special lecture series involving cleantech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. During the Fall semester and early Spring semester, students will be required to meet a series of research and writing deadlines, such as topic summary, pathfinder, outline and various drafts.

Application: Admission is based on an application process. Applications must be submitted to the box outside Boalt 354 no later than April 30, 2010.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites / Requirements: There are no strict prerequisites for the Research Seminar, but past or current enrollment in the Energy Regulation or Renewable Energy courses is strongly recommended.  Students should submit this application only if they are willing to make a commitment to enroll in the course for both fall and spring semesters and to complete a substantial research project. Experience in the fields of energy and clean technology is not a requirement for the seminar, but interest in the fields is.

Teaching Assistants: The course will use 2-3 TAs, who will receive academic credit for their participation. Please use the same application to apply to be a course TA.

Questions? - email energy@law.berkeley.edu!


Field Placement Program

Students receive academic credit for working with supervising attorneys in public interest organizations or government agencies. There are presently 100 Bay Area field placements on the Law School’s Approved Placement List.  Please speak with Sue Schechter, Field Placement Director, at (510) 643-7387 or by email at sschechter@law.berkeley.edu, with any questions you may have.  Also, check the field placement site for any updates. 

Approved environmental placements include, but are not limited to:

  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
  • Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund - International Program
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Natural Heritage Institute
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Sierra Club Conservation Legal Program
  • California Attorney General - Enironmental Section