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 May 18, 2021

Policy Associate at Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is looking for a Policy Associate, working with the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs, to primarily lobby Congress to advance CSPI’s work in federal food programs such as school meals and SNAP, as well in food labeling and sugar reduction policies. This position is located in CSPI’s Washington, DC office or remotely as feasible.

Responsibilities and Duties Include:

  • Lobbying federal policymakers focusing on the school meals program, SNAP, food labeling, and sugary drink policies in addition to other relevant federal priorities.
  • Tracking federal legislation and policies, ranging from legislation, budget, spending bills, and other Congressional activity.
  • Organizing Hill meetings, events, briefings, webinars, and coalition meetings.

To learn more and apply, please 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 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 careers@khlaw.com.

 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative – LL.M. Fellowship Opportunity at the University of Arkansas School of Law

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law has a new fellowship position that is offered jointly with the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative (IFAI). The IFAI provides strategic legal analysis, policy research, and educational resources to empower Indian Country through food sovereignty, agriculture, and economic development. This fellowship will provide an LL.M. candidate the opportunity to work with the Initiative, supporting their work to promote tribal sovereignty through food and agriculture while also earning an LL.M. degree in just two semesters. The LL.M. Fellow will work directly with the attorneys at the IFAI, supporting its mission.

A good academic record in law school with experience in Indian Law is required. Some background in food and agricultural law is preferred. This is a part-time position that will allow the fellow to complete the LL.M. Program in 9 months. Compensation includes a full tuition waiver for all LL.M. courses, a stipend of $11,250, and the opportunity to enroll in the university’s health insurance program with the University paying 66.66% of the premiums.

Although the LL.M. Program offers a fully integrated distance option, this position is open only to LL.M. candidates who study on-campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The School of Law is proud to have pledged to be an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Community and welcomes diverse applicants. For more information and to apply, contact the LL.M. Program Director, Professor Susan A. Schneider at sschneid@uark.edu.

LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law has a new fellowship position that will provide an LL.M. candidate the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant to Dean Margaret Sova McCabe as she teaches a new Food Law & Policy course for the Law School’s J.D. students.  The position will include serving as the LL.M. Advisor to the Journal of Food Law & Policy.  A strong academic record in Law School plus interest/experience in food law and policy is required.  Law Review or Journal experience is preferred.  This is a part-time position that will allow the fellow to complete the LL.M. Program in 9 months.  Compensation includes a full tuition waiver for all LL.M. courses, a stipend of $11,250, and the opportunity to enroll in the university’s health insurance program with the University paying 66.66% of the premiums. Although the LL.M. Program offers a fully integrated distance option, this position is open only to LL.M. candidates who study on-campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The School of Law is proud to have pledged to be an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Community and welcomes diverse applicants.  For more information and to apply, contact the LL.M. Program Director, Professor Susan A. Schneider at sschneid@uark.edu

Richman Law & Policy Animal Welfare Fellowship

Richman Law & Policy (RLP) is a collective of lawyers and advocates specializing in socially conscious impact litigation. RLP is seeking candidates for their Animal Welfare Fellowship. The fellowship is a one-year position and will primarily work on litigation concerning false and deceptive marketing of animal products, with a particular focus on the inhumane practices of factory farms. Click here to learn more. To apply, send a cover letter, a copy of your resume, and a short writing sample to information@richmanlawpolicy.com with the subject line “Legal Fellow Application”.

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Mississippi Delta Fellowship

Applications are open for the 2021 Mississippi Delta Fellowship, a 1-2 year fellowship that connects a recent law school graduate to on-the-ground, community-centered work in the Mississippi Delta. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to inform and catalyze community change through the creation development, and management of interdisciplinary projects as well as through policy advocacy. The Fellow works in collaboration with the Delta Directions Consortium, 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. For more information on how to apply click here. Applications are due on June 7, 2021. 

National Agricultural Law Center Research Fellow – Remote Position

The position will focus on conducting legal research and writing projects that meaningfully assist the NALC and its partners in serving state, regional, and national stakeholders in furtherance of its mission as the nation’s leading source of objective agricultural and food law research and information. Specific areas of research include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental regulation of agriculture;
  • Food safety and food labeling;
  • Agricultural finance and credit; and
  • Other relevant issues such as agricultural data and technology, local and regional food systems, and agricultural labor.

Successful applicants will have completed at least their first year of law school and have demonstrated skills and experience in legal research and writing. Previous experience or background in agriculture is preferred, but not required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be motivated and capable of reliably implementing work projects in a distance working arrangement. This position will require a commitment of at least ten hours a week, with flexibility given for exams and other academic or holiday events.

To learn more and apply, please click here.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Earthjustice Legal Externship 

Earthjustice is accepting applications for full- or part-time legal externs in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices for the fall or spring semester. The California Regional office has undertaken campaigns to protect lands and wildlife, improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that all state residents are protected from toxic substances. Externs will work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, the extern will perform legal and factual research, and develop case strategy and legal theories. Externs will also participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. Externs are unpaid, but can be awarded course credit for work with Earthjustice.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Commitment of at least 16 hours a week.
  • Interest in environmental protection or environmental justice is a plus.

To Apply:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working for Earthjustice.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work
  • List of three professional references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, though they typically review applications for fall externships in June and July, and applications for spring externships in August and September. Applicants should indicate on their cover letter if they need a decision by a certain date. To learn more and apply, please see the Los Angeles posting here, and the San Francisco posting 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 danielled@sraproject.org or Julie Sanchez at julies@sraproject.org.

 

If you know of an internship or career opportunity in food law and policy, please let us know by sending an e-mail to  foodlawstudentnetwork@gmail.com.