2019 Postgraduate Fellowships

Ankit Jain ’19 awarded Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Fellowship.

Ankit Jain '19
Undergraduate Degrees: B.A. in law, letters, and society and B.A. in South Asian languages and civilizations from The University of Chicago

Experience: American Civil Liberties Union, intern; The Bronx Defenders, intern; Environmental Defense Fund, intern; March for Our Lives NYC, lead organizer; Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Notes editor; Columbia Law School South Asian Law Students Association, president; Columbia Law School Environmental Law Clinic

Motivation: “Growing up in a family committed to the principles of vegetarianism and nonviolence has made me care deeply about the environment. As I grew older and learned more about climate change, it has become the issue I care about most deeply. Climate change is the most urgent threat the world faces, and I want to dedicate my career to preventing this and other environmental disasters. With the Trump administration’s hostility to environmental protection, the Sierra Club’s work is more vital than ever.”

Goals: “I hope to use the knowledge I gained at Columbia Law to fight climate change with the Sierra Club. We are at a crucial moment for our environment, and I’m excited to join the fight to save our planet. I imagine I will be doing a lot of work trying to shut down dirty power plants and stop new dirty plants from being built. I hope I can look back 40 years from now and say that the work I did played some part in ensuring that we didn't face the worst effects of climate change.”

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The office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) guides Columbia Law School students who want to pursue public interest work throughout their academic careers and after graduation. SJI also assists in the process of applying to prestigious postgraduate fellowships. Read about the other 2019 public interest postgraduate fellows.

Published on March 18, 2019