Food law and policy is an innovative and emerging field. As a result, there are numerous opportunities in government, non-profit organizations, and private law firms where interested individuals can experience food law and policy in action. There are also a growing number of university, internship, and fellowship programs that offer opportunities to experience food policy in every area relating to food.
If you are a law student, emerging young professional, or simply want to learn more about what food law entails, use these resources from across the nation (and the world) to help you find your next food law job, volunteer position, or internship. To stay up to date on all things Food Law Student Network related, Click Here to receive our newsletters.
For a general introduction to the range of career opportunities within food law and policy, check out the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Career Guide. The Ag and Food Law blog is also a great source to find opportunities.
Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities:
Current Opportunities as of February 22, 2021
Staff Attorney at Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety (CFS), one of the nation’s top food and environmental advocacy nonprofits, seeks an experienced attorney to fill a Staff Attorney position. The position will be based in the CFS Portland, OR office, or San Francisco, CA office.
The Staff Attorney works with the rest of the legal team and Legal Director to develop and prosecute cases, both as lead counsel and in partnership with other attorneys. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and pursuing strategic litigation in federal and state courts on an ever-expanding variety of cutting-edge food and environmental issues, in support of CFS’s overall mission and its specific program areas.
Desired qualifications include:
- A law degree and at least 3 years of litigation experience (administrative/environmental law or related area preferred)
- A passion for enforcing and strengthening environmental and health laws
- Admission to the California or Oregon bar, or willingness to be licensed in either state within one year of employment
To learn more and apply, click here.
Food, Drug, Medical Device Regulatory Associate at Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin is seeking associates to join their Food, Drug, and Medical Device practice in Washington, D.C. The candidate will have significant responsibilities in complex, cutting-edge work representing a geographically broad array of clients operating in a mix of markets and FDA-regulated product categories. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who possesses the ability to work independently and as part of the team.
Submission of a resume and transcript is required; a cover letter is optional. Please click here for additional information.
Food and Drug Associate at Arent Fox
Arent Fox LLP is seeking a food and drug associate to join the 2nd through 3rd year associate class. The ideal candidate should have experience in food and drug regulatory work within the Food & Drug Administration and/or a law firm. Arent Fox has an international Food & Drug practice and counsels clients on a wide range of matters from product development and regulatory compliance to responding to enforcement actions and civil and administrative litigation.
Candidates must possess strong writing skills and excellent academic credentials and a desire to excel in a law firm environment. To learn more and apply, click here.
Investor Advocate/ Financial Services Counsel at Consumer Federation of America
The Consumer Federation of America is seeking an Investor Advocate/ Financial Services Counsel to work with CFA’s Director of Investor Protection to help advance pro-investor policies in Congress and before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other federal and state financial regulatory agencies. Responsibilities include researching, analyzing, and commenting on investor protection policies, with a particular focus on those issues that most affect individual investors. Working under the supervision of the Director of Investor Protection, the Investor Advocate/ Financial Services Counsel’s responsibilities include:
- Conducting research to identify areas in which additional or strengthened investor protections are needed and analyzing the issues to develop a policy response.
- Reviewing proposed regulations and legislation, drafting comment letters, and working to build support among Members of Congress and regulators for our policy priorities.
- Helping to coordinate CFA’s activities with coalitions and allies; and
- Assisting with conference and event planning.
The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrated commitment to the public interest.
- Three to five years previous advocacy experience, preferably related to investor protection issues. Candidates with less experience but directly relevant educational background also considered.
- Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
- A bachelor’s degree required, with a law degree valued. (Title, pay, and responsibilities will based on a combination of experience and education.)
- Familiarity with investor protection issues related to some or all of the following issues is strongly valued: regulation of financial professionals, forced arbitration, ESG investing, and securities market regulation, with a particular focus on public and private markets.
To learn more and apply, please click here.
Food & Beverage, Agricultural M&A Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks an exceptional junior- or mid-level associate attorney to support and work with the leaders of its nationally-recognized food & beverage and agricultural industry business transaction practices based out of beautiful Portland, Oregon. The forward-thinking and mission-based groups represent the interests of large agricultural clients, prominent wineries, and nationally-known, leading, emerging, and mature companies in significant transactions. Candidates for this role should bring a foundation of experience in mergers and acquisitions as well as real estate experience and industry focus. For more information and to apply click here.
Food Law Associate for Keller and Heckman LLP
Keller and Heckman LLP is seeking a talented junior-level associate attorney with up to 3 years of experience to join its growing Food and Drug regulatory practice in its Washington, D.C. Office. Work will include advising clients on food, food additive, food labeling, food packaging, and food safety matters, establishing appropriate regulatory status for various ingredients, and other FDA and USDA regulatory matters. In addition to FDA and USDA experience, experience with Agency rulemaking proceedings and familiarity with matters involving CBP, FTC, or TTB are desirable. Strong academic credentials; excellent analytical, research, writing, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail; and the ability to assume immediate responsibility are required. Due to the technical nature of the practice, an undergraduate degree or some experience in a scientific field (biology, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering) will be helpful but is not required. A desire to learn and an ability to manage multiple client priorities and take direction are critical. Successful associates will be given significant client responsibility early on, including direct client contact. The position requires collaboration across all firm offices on challenging and interesting work involving cutting-edge regulatory and health and safety issues while working in a collegial, team-based atmosphere. To apply, send your resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to Jennifer Ireland, Human Resources and Recruitment Manager, Keller and Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, D.C. 20001 or to email@example.com.
Mississippi Delta Fellowship 2021
The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic along with Delta Directions Consortium is seeking to fill their Mississippi Fellow position. The delta Directions Consortium is an interdisciplinary group of academic institutions, community-based organizations, and foundations focused on pursuing improvements in health, food systems, and economic development in the Mississippi Delta Region. The Fellow will build on existing projects, launch new projects, and have the opportunity to design one new signature project for completion during their tenure. For more information and to apply click here.
Post-Grad Legal Fellowship with Earth Justice
Earthjustice is accepting applications for candidates interested in seeking a post-graduate legal fellowship funded through Equal Justice Works (EJW), funded by their law school, or funded from other sources. Earth Justice is also accepting applications from individuals who are not seeking external funding. The following Earthjustice offices/programs are accepting fellowship applications:
- Alaska Regional Office – Anchorage or Juneau
- Tribal Partnerships – Anchorage or Denver
Earthjustice does not require fellowship applicants to have a specific project; legal fellows may work on litigation and advocacy strategies that are in place or in development. However, some law schools or other funding sources require fellows to develop specific projects. For example, the Equal Justice Works fellowship requires applicants to develop a project with the help of a sponsoring organization.
To learn more and apply, please click here. Equal Justice Works applications were due on August 1, 2020. For fellowships funded through a law school or other sources, and applicants who do not have outside funding, applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Summer 2021 Law Clerk at Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization that works to empower people, support farmers, and protect the environment from harmful industrial agriculture. CFS is seeking motivated law clerks interested in doing meaningful litigation and policy work on behalf of the public and the environment. Clerks’ responsibilities vary each year but typically include performing legal research, drafting pleadings, attending hearings, drafting comments and petitions to administrative agencies, and supporting attorneys in litigation. Clerks are also expected to do minor administrative tasks as needed. Law clerks work closely with attorneys and staff, and are able to gain practical litigation and policy experience in a small nonprofit setting. This is an unpaid position for school credit/ fieldwork placement only.
To learn more and apply please click here . Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. CFS has offices in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon, in accordance with local guidelines and orders in response to COVID-19, those offices are currently closed and our entire staff is working remotely. Clerks may be required to commute to either the SF or Portland office once office reopening is allowed.
Summer 2021 Law Clerkship with Earth Justice
Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:
- The Wild focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
- Healthy Communities focuses on cases that protect public health, prevent air and water pollution, and curb exposures to toxic chemicals, particularly in disproportionately impacted communities. Recently, our healthy communities work has also begun to promote sustainable food and agriculture and the rights of farm workers.
- Climate and Energy focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.
Earthjustice has 15 regional offices which are accepting applications for summer law clerks. To learn more and apply, go here.
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project Internship
The Socially Responsible Agricultural Project offers internships for law students to gain experience in environmental/agricultural community advocacy and policy work. This work has a particular focus on addressing rural community impacts and other problems arising from industrial livestock production facilities, commonly referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or factory farms. Students may gain experience in a wide range of areas, including legal research and writing; evaluating and assisting in compiling factual information for potential citizen pollution complaints and environmental permitting matters; drafting briefs, issue fact sheets, and regulatory guides for public educational and policy outreach efforts, as well as obtaining and examining government documents and regulatory agency records, among other things. Students are expected to work remotely and independently, but with direction and guidance from organization attorneys. Internships are unpaid; however, supervisors can work with professors to accommodate students who wish to develop projects that they can obtain class credit for. Other internships may also be available for undergraduate and graduate students, depending on areas of interests and organizational needs. For more information contact Danielle Diamond at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Sanchez at email@example.com.
Center for Science in the Public Interest Internship Program
CSPI, located in Washington, DC, offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. CSPI also considers postgraduates. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. The 10-week internships are unpaid and can be full-time or part-time. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant’s schedule. CSPI offers a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities.
If your school offers academic credit for internships, CSPI will work with you to meet your school’s requirements. To apply, email your cover letter (which should indicate the issues you are interested in, your future plans, and dates of availability), a resume, and a one to three page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the preferred method). Please specify the name of the internship to which you are applying in the subject line. More information on the program is available here.
If you know of an internship or career opportunity in food law and policy, please let us know by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.