Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

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Spring 2013 Clinic
3, or 4 clinical credits

Pre or Co-requisite Classes: Students must take one of the following classes prior to or during the clinic semester: Climate and Energy Law; Environmental Law; Environmental Practice Skills, Methods and Controversies: Siting and Permitting a Wind Farm; Environmental Advocacy: Citizen Suits; Federal Public Land and Resources Law; International Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law; Environmental Dispute Resolutio; Advanced Environmental Law in Theory and Application; or Human Rights and the Environment. Enrollment in these courses is separate and independent of clinic enrollment. Failure to meet the pre/co-requisite by the clinic’s add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from the clinic.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: January 18, 2013.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

The Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (ELPC) offers students an opportunity to do hands-on, meaningful, real-life, and real-time environmental legal and policy work. Clinic offerings include local, national, and international projects covering the spectrum of environmental issues, under the leadership of Director and Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs. Clinic students work on policy projects and white papers, regulatory and statutory drafting and comments, manuals and guidance to help non-lawyers identify and protect their rights, litigation and advocacy work, including developing case strategies, research and drafting briefs (filed in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court), preparing witnesses and their testimony, meeting with clients and attending and presenting at administrative and court hearings. Our clients include state and municipal governments, non-governmental organizations, and research and policy institutions. The subject matter varies each semester, but is likely to include climate change mitigation and adaptation, offshore drilling and water protection, sustainable agriculture/aquaculture, ethics in the study of human exposure to environmental contaminants, and analysis of technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration and extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing.

Please note: Some ELPC students work off-campus with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, while others work on campus at the Clinic on cutting-edge projects and case work. Students are carefully matched to their projects/placements by the Clinic Director.

Subject Areas: Environmental Law , Procedure & Practice , Regulatory Law .

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