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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Course Information

Students participate directly in international environmental legal processes by preparing petitions and other documents for meetings of international conventions under the supervision of professors in the International Environmental Law Project (IELP). IELP’s practice focuses on climate change, international wildlife trade, trade and environment, and oceans and fisheries. Thus, IELP students may work on a wide range of projects relating to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species(CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and other international treaties. IELP represents a range of clients, including environmental organizations, governments, and international institutions. During this course, practical skills development will include, among other topics, negotiation in an international context, treaty drafting, treaty interpretation, development and management of client relationships, oral advocacy in an international context, cultural competency, lobbying, and planning, development, and strategy regarding project/campaign/case development. The specific practical skills honed each semester depend on IELP’s docket, but as a matter of course, regardless of our docket, students can expect to deepen their research, problem solving, analytical, and writing skills.

IELP Basics


Course Length


How to Apply

Location of Clinic

Work Hours

Law School Requirements



3 credits



one semester


By appli-cation

On Campus

• 9-10 Hours/week

• IELP Workroom and unstructured

• Class meets on Fridays


• WIE on a case-by-case basis

• Natural Resources Certificate


6 credits:

3 credits per semester

two semesters

International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

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