Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

Professor Wendy Jacobs
Fall 2013 clinic
3, or 4 clinical credits

Required Class Component: This clinic requires that students have taken or are currently taking at least one of the course listed below.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites:The following courses have some seats reserved for clinical students: Public Interest Environmental Litigation.
The following courses do not have any seats reserved for clinical students: Climate and Energy Law; Environmental Law; Environmental Practice Skills, Methods and Controversies: Siting and Permitting a Wind Farm; Environmental Advocacy: Citizen Suits; Environmental Advocacy: Administrative Hearings / Working with Scientists and Experts Seminar; Federal Public Land and Resources Law; International Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law; Environmental Dispute Resolution; Advanced Environmental Law in Theory and Application; or Human Rights and the Environment.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: Some clinical placements are at HLS, while others are at various externship locations.

The Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (ELPC) offers students an opportunity to do hands-on, meaningful, real-life, and real-time environmental regulatory, policy and advocacy 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, advocacy and community groups, 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 development of legal frameworks for emerging 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