Law Students for Climate Accountability

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Founded in 2020 by a group of Yale Law students, Law Students for Climate Accountability counts board members from law schools that include Yale, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Alabama.

It began with a group of law students seeking answers. What does it mean to be a lawyer during the climate crisis? What is the role of the legal industry in this crisis?

To begin to address these questions, the 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard was created. Since the Scorecard’s publication in October 2020, Law Students for Climate Accountability has grown into a movement across law schools in the United States and beyond. As part of its scorecard report, the group invites firms to pledge to not take on any new work to support the fossil fuels industry and to phase out current work by 2025.

Law students are asked to pledge to not work for poor-scoring firms if their financial and personal circumstances permit. Law Students for Climate Accountability found that Vault 100 U.S. law firms handled $1.36 trillion in deals for the fossil fuel industry between 2016 and 2020 and litigated 358 cases that stand to exacerbate the effects of climate change.

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Reuters: Top law firms taking on more fossil fuel work as planet warms - report
The 2022 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard
Vault Law 100