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|LAW 767A - Clinic-Environmental Litigation|
The Environmental Litigation Clinic represents public interest environmental groups bringing citizen enforcement actions in state and federal courts on a variety of environmental and land use issues. The major client of the Clinic is the Riverkeeper, Inc. Amicus curiae briefs in significant national environmental litigation are also prepared.
In addition to the case work, two weekly seminars focus on substantive environmental law and on lawyering skills encountered in major civil litigation. Skill areas include: case planning, integration of facts and law, client counseling, negotiation, drafting legal documents, and pretrial and trial advocacy. The Environmental Litigation Clinic requires a substantial time commitment. The minimum time commitment outside of class is 20 hours a week. Clinical students must continue client responsibilities throughout exams and holidays when necessary. Schedules must be planned to accommodate the demands of the program.
Permission of the professors, based upon application and interview, is required. Evidence and Environmental Skills are required and Environmental Survey is recommended. (Prerequisites may be waived by the professors). Students must be in good academic standing to be considered for the clinic (and maintain that standing if accepted).
Students must be available for clinic work and classes during the day and
must be a second, third, or fourth year student
Though grades are important for selection into the Clinic, other factors are:
1) balance in the program of students’ skills, needs, interests and background:
2) the demands of the anticipated caseload; 3) interest in the environment and litigation as a career.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Clinical, Tutorial
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Law-JD level LAW 649 Minimum Grade of D and Law-JD level LAW 857 Minimum Grade of D
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