Public Interest Environmental Law Summer Stipend Program

Friends of Land Air Water operates an annual Public Interest Environmental Law Summer Stipend Program, which awards stipends to law students to work in public interest environmental law positions. Students receiving grants have worked for organizations all over the world, from as nearby as the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Williams OR, to Foundation La Era Agricola in Venezuela, and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The due date for 2015 stipend applications is April 6, 2015. Applicants must submit applications by 11:59 p.m. on that date. Please refer to the stipend criteria for more details on applying for a 2015 FLAW stipend.

View the 2015 Summer Stipend Program Guidelines here.

As announced at the 2007 PIELC, Friends of Land Air and Water has created a specific stipend in honor of Professors John Bonine and Mike Axline. This stipend is in line with their desire to promote certain types of public interest environmental law work and certain types of small private public-interest law firms. In order to qualify for this specific stipend the applicant’s prospective employer must be one of the following:

1. A private public-interest law firm with no more than 5 attorneys that does a significant amount of public interest environmental law work mainly on issues in the firm’s surrounding local area; or

2. A non-profit law firm with no more than 5 attorneys that does public interest environmental law work mainly on issues in the firm’s surrounding local area; or,

3. A non governmental organization that has a legal staff and no more than a total of 15 staff members in the organization and mainly works on issues in the organization’s surrounding local area.

There is no separate application process for the Axline-Bonine stipend. The FLAW Stipend committee uses the Axline-Bonine criteria listed above to evaluate the applications that are submitted via the normal FLAW stipend process and will award the Axline-Bonine stipend, if appropriate, to a qualifying application.