Environmental Law Clinic

The Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) offers students the opportunity to work on cases and matters involving environmental and natural resources issues. Clinic students take an active role in the development of cases and non-litigation matters, assuming substantial responsibility at an early stage. As part of a team, students assume responsibility for strategic decisions, client communication, legal research and writing, and management of matters.

The clinic’s docket is diverse, spanning a wide range of environmental and natural resources law, with the potential to cover local, regional, and national issues ranging from air, water and coastal pollution, to wildlife and marine protection, human health, toxics, climate change and energy.

The clinic provides top-flight legal representation to help solve client problems and achieve client’s goals in multiple fora, including advocacy in administrative, legislative, and court proceedings.  Students will develop their problem-solving and advocacy skills representing clients in the courts, administrative tribunals and legislatures.

Depending on the types of cases and matters on the clinic docket, and their procedural posture, students may have the opportunity to: interview clients, witnesses, and agency personnel; investigate and develop facts; obtain government documents and information using FOIA and other public disclosure laws; develop specialized legal research skills involving legislative and regulatory history, agency policies and guidance; draft pleadings; conduct discovery; develop cases; hone brief writing and oral advocacy skills; negotiate and mediate cases; identify ethical issues and comply with professional responsibility standards; deal with opposing counsel; collaborate with other lawyers, scientists, policy makers, and others to further client’s objectives (while gaining a better understanding of the scientific and multidisciplinary components of environmental cases); and learn to be effective, ethical, reflective lawyers. 

Students must have either completed Evidence or be enrolled in Evidence while taking the Environmental Law Clinic.  Prior completion of, or current enrollment in, Administrative Law and/or Environmental Law is recommended.

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