Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellowship

This fellowship offers students at the UGA School of Law an opportunity to work with legal and policy experts to address challenging environmental questions facing policymakers in coastal communities.

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The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is a partnership between Georgia Sea Grant and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. The program solicits legal and policy questions from Georgia coastal communities, regional organizations, state agencies and others to address critical environmental, economic and social concerns affecting coastal Georgia.

Selected students from the University of Georgia School of Law work as paid student legal fellows during the academic year or summer. Students gain practical experience in collaborating with local policymakers, scientists and business communities and in performing analyses to inform decision making. The fellows are assisted by Institute faculty as they conduct research, analyze coastal issues and develop educational and outreach materials.

Objectives of the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellowship

  • Provide relevant professional experience for law students interested in careers in environmental law and policy
  • Train students to develop policy memos and white papers focusing on environmental problems challenging local governments
  • Conduct legal and policy analyses on coastal environmental issues of interest to coastal Georgia stakeholders
  • Collaborate with decision-makers and community leaders to solve complex coastal resource management issues
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