Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic



2014 Summer - 8 Week Courses

About This Class

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of environmental law, develop their professional skills, and acquire valuable work experience by advocating in national, regional, and local environmental matters. Our hard-hitting cases develop the next generation of environmental leaders and advocates. Summer student clinicians work directly with leading conservation organizations in New England and throughout the country, and with local community groups, representing these clients in litigation, administrative appeals, and other proceedings. Students sharpen their litigation and advocacy skills; develop claims, strategies, and arguments from the ground up; and practice effective communication with clients, courts, agencies, experts, and opposing parties. Students also explore the ethical aspects of practicing law and evaluate alternative approaches to resolving environmental conflicts. The clinic's collegial atmosphere provides ample opportunity for interaction and feedback among students and faculty, including weekly strategy sessions. Summer students work approximately 40 hours per week for eleven weeks, and may earn up to nine credits toward their JD, LLM, MELP, or MERL degrees. The clinic is available to non-VLS students on a space available basis, and we welcome inquiries and applications from students at other law schools. For more information, please contact Associate Director Laura Murphy at lmurphy@vermontlaw.edu.

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