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Environmental Clinic I: Earthrise

  • Year-Long Class

Students work on actual environmental cases and administrative issues under the supervision of the clinical professors of the Earthrise Law Center, the law school’s environmental litigation clinic. The clinic represents a broad spectrum of environmental organizations seeking to prevent or reduce pollution and protect wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems. Except in special circumstances, this is a full year course (three credits per semester). Each week, students are expected to attend and participate in a 2-hour classroom component, meet with a supervising attorney, as well as work 10 hours outside of class on average each week on cases as assigned. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis, meaning a student must earn the equivalent of a “C” or better to pass. Class attendance is mandatory. There are no course prerequisites for Earthrise. However the Earthrise faculty recommend that students take Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Environmental Litigation before they enroll in Earthrise or concurrently.

Students who enroll in Earthrise also are eligible to take Earthrise Ethics, a two-semester, one credit per semester course that satisfies the Professional Responsibility graduation prerequisite.

A student must have permission to register for this course. To do so, students should submit an application for admission to the course (available on the Registrar’s or Earthrise’s websites) no later than March 24, 2017. Students will receive notification as to whether they may register during the first week of April. If the course is oversubscribed, preference will be based on interest and year in school.