Required Class Component: This clinic requires that students have taken or are currently taking at least one of the courses listed below. Failure to meet the pre-/co-requisite course requirement will result in the student being dropped from the clinic.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: The following courses do not have any seats reserved for clinical students: Environmental Law (fall 2014), Supreme Court and the Environment (fall 2014), International Environmental Law (winter 2015), Environmental Practice Skills, Methods, and Controversies: Siting and Permitting of a Wind Farm as a Case Study (spring 2015).
The following courses are not offered for the 2014-2015 year, but qualify as pre-requisite courses: Advanced Environmental Law in Theory and Application, Environmental Advocacy: Administrative Hearings/Working with Scientists, Environmental Advocacy: Citizen Suits, Federal Public Land and Resources Law, International Environmental Law, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Human Rights and the Environment, Natural Resources Law, Climate Energy Law and Policy.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: September 3, 2014.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: Most clinical placements are at HLS, while some are at various externship locations (government agencies and nonprofits).
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, extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, and “green” infrastructure for management of stormwater.
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.