In the Environmental Law Clinic, students provide transactional and advisory legal services to entities whose activities focus on sustainability issues, and who would not otherwise be able to hire counsel. Clinic clients in the past have included public planning and conservation agencies, land trusts, and non-profits focused on environmental justice and community development. Student teams take the lead to interview clients, pursue factual investigations, conduct legal research and writing, advise clients, and provide services in a variety of legal subject areas, including administrative law, environmental law, property law, local government law, and land use law. Students review legal instruments such as conservation easements, examine property title issues, answer compliance questions, conduct policy analysis, assess legal tools available for resilience initiatives, and engage in holistic problem-solving for clients. Through a seminar component and case rounds in addition to hands-on work, students gain a more sophisticated understanding of environmental theories, attorney ethics and professional rules of practice, and other issues faced by lawyers whose work involves the physical world, including interdisciplinary matters and policy questions.
Environmental Law Clinic
The Environmental Law Clinic allows students to represent organizational clients with limited resources in need of legal advice to pursue conservation, sustainability, and community development initiatives.