Student Opportunities Through HELI
There are various opportunities available to Iowa Law students interested in environmental law, such as stipends for unpaid environmental law work, awards to ease the burden of unpaid summer work, or conducting research with associated faculty. These opportunities are explored in more detail below, including profiles of students who have taken advantage of these opportunities.
Incoming students with a Hubbell Environmental Law Scholars designation will be guaranteed stipends of $5,000 for unpaid environmental law internships at government agencies or nonprofits during the summer after their first year.
See examples of these opportunities below, from the testimony of Alec Goos and Jonathan Humston.
HELI Fellowships are designed to ease the financial burden of University of Iowa law students working in unpaid summer positions. There are $5,000 awards to support students in unpaid public interest or public service positions in environmental law.
See examples of these opportunities below, from the testimony of Andrew Hamilton and Kegan Peters.
During their time at the Law School, our students take regular advantage of opportunities to conduct Research Assistant roles with associated faculty, during the academic year and over the summer.
See examples of these opportunities below, from the testimony of Sean Conrad and Madison Rush.
Incoming students with a Hubbell Environmental Law Scholars designation are guaranteed stipends for unpaid environmental law internships at government agencies or nonprofits during the summer after their first year.
Hometown: Adel, Iowa
About Alec: Alec is a graduate of Boston College, where he studied Political Science. Alec is a member of the College of Law's Environmental Law Society (ELS) and a Mentee in the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Bridge Program. After graduation, he hopes to have a fulfilling career in environmental law to promote environmental justice. Over the summer 2023 as a Law Clerk at the Iowa Environmental Council, Alec will assist IEC in conducting legal research, drafting documents, and supporting litigation or other advocacy efforts. The work will support IEC’s efforts on climate, environmental justice, clean water, and clean energy.
In Alec's own words: “As a Hubbell Scholar, I have been able to explore different opportunities and have access to valuable resources. There have been numerous speaker events and conversations with alumni that have enabled me to explore aspects of environmental law that I had not previously considered. HELI allows Iowa Law to be a leading voice in environmental law as we work to improve sustainability efforts in our communities. I think HELI places conversations around environmental law to be at the forefront; I think that it will create lawyers who are cognizant of not only the importance of environmental law, but also the intersectionality between environmental law and other fields of law.”
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
About Jonathan: Jonathan's undergraduate degrees are from The University of Northern Iowa in chemistry and teaching. He taught high school science at Iowa City High. Then, he got a PhD from The University of Iowa in chemistry. Most recently, Jonathan was a chemistry professor at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
Jonathan enrolled in law school because he wants to make a positive impact on the community, state, and the world as a scientifically trained, environmentally focused attorney. As a lifelong resident of Iowa, Jonathan cares deeply about our communities and our state. He has three children and believes it is important to pass on a world with clean and abundant energy and water, a healthy climate, and optimism about the future. "A summer working as a HELI Summer Law Clerk at IEC will be a great opportunity to apply science and law from the classroom to real world problems," Jonathan says.
Over the summer 2023 as a Law Clerk at IEC, Jonathan will assist IEC in conducting legal research, drafting documents, and supporting litigation or other advocacy efforts. The work will support IEC’s efforts on climate, environmental justice, clean water, and clean energy.
HELI Fellowships are designed to ease the financial burden of University of Iowa law students working in unpaid summer positions. There are awards every summer to support students in unpaid public interest or public service positions in environmental law.
Research Assistants (RAs)
During their time at the Law School, our students take regular advantage of opportunities to conduct Research Assistant roles with associated faculty during the academic year and over the summer.
Other Ways to Engage in Environmental Opportunities at Iowa Law
Iowa ELS is a student-run organization that aims to increase awareness of environmental issues. HELI supports the Environmental Law Society at Iowa Law by supporting student ideas and advocating for issues that are raised during regular ELS meetings. Iowa Law’s ELS is a member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) Environmental Law Society Network (ELSN). The ELSN brings environmental law students from schools across the U.S. together to exchange ideas, succeed professionally, and positively impact their communities. The ELSN fulfills this mission by (1) providing resources for students to start or improve environmental law societies at their schools, (2) fostering a relationship between environmental legal professionals and students, and (3) hosting national events.
Iowa Law is an enthusiastic participant in Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) at Pace University Haub School of Law. The Pace Moot Court Competition is one of the nation’s largest interschool moot court competitions. With Iowa Law’s Clinical Professor Mary Ksobiech, Iowa Law has established a moot court participation and elimination process, with the plan to have an Iowa Law cohort represented in the competition that will take place this Fall, 2023 and into Spring 2024. This experience will provide another robust opportunity for students to deepen their experience in environmental, natural resources, and energy law during their time at Iowa Law.
During their time at the Law School, our students take regular advantage of externships with state agencies, federal agencies, nonprofit and advocacy groups, and other nonprofit organizations. In the past three years, Iowa Law has supported students who have externed at numerous locations, including the Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Attorney General – Environmental Division, Deere & Company Law Services Group, and the Office of the Tribal Attorney at Yurok Tribal Council.
Students work part-time during the school year and full time on internships during the summers at companies, state and federal agencies, and law firms around the country and internationally on a range of natural resources, environmental, and energy law projects.
The University of Iowa College of Law’s Community Empowerment Law Project (CELP) clinic has provided opportunities for students interested in environmental law to engage in clinical practice during their time at Iowa. While the CELP clinic is relevant to anyone interested in pursuing public interest environmental advocacy, there are several specific projects of note that are directly connected to the mission of FNRELs projects with a direct connection.