About This Class
Master of Environmental Law and Policy Externships are designed to give students first-hand field experience in the environmental area. Prior students' work has included counseling, drafting regulations and legislation, developing environmental handbooks, preparing legal memoranda, drafting or commenting on environmental plans, preparing environmental impact statements, and analyzing environmental issues from a legal and/or scientific perspective. The best experiences integrate legal, scientific, policy, and ethical issues. Non-profit groups; international, federal, state and local government agencies; law firms, and consulting firms are among the many organizations from all over the world to sponsor MELP externships. The student must find a faculty sponsor and prepare a written contract with the sponsoring organization that carefully defines the learning experience. The contract must be signed by the student, the faculty member, and the supervisor at the sponsoring organization. Journals and the evaluation of the on-site supervisor will be used to evaluate the student. The MELP Externship program is open to MELP and to joint degree students for MELP credit only. The MELP/LLM Internship Handbook is available at: http://vermontlaw.edu/Documents/9_14_09%20MELP%20LLM%20Intern%20Handbook.pdf.