Environmental Law Clinic: Clinical Methods
This section of the Clinic is open only to Law students who are also pursing graduate degrees in schools other than the School of Law. Students enrolled in the Clinic provide legal assistance to national, regional and grassroots non-profit organizations on a variety of environmental issues, with a focus on complex natural resource conservation and biodiversity matters at the interface of law, science and policy. Working under the direct supervision of practicing environmental attorneys, Clinic students help screen new matters and potential clients; formulate strategies; research and develop factual and legal issues; and prosecute administrative and litigation proceedings. During the term, students may meet with clients, opposing counsel or agency decision makers; review administrative records; develop expert testimony; draft comment letters, petitions, pleading or briefs; and/or attend and participate in administrative and court hearings. In regular one-on-one meetings with supervising faculty, there is a heavy emphasis on polishing persuasive writing and oral advocacy skills. In addition, students participate in a weekly seminar where we examine strategic, ethical and substantive issues arising out of the Clinic's work. The Law School's clinical courses are offered for 9- 12 credits, as agreed upon with the instructor. Students may not enroll in any clinic (basic or advanced) that would result in their earning more than 27 clinical credits during their law school career.
Instructors for this course (Past and Present)Matthew Sanders
Deborah A. Sivas