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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Apply for IELP! Deadline May 10

March 02, 2017

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About IELP

In the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), students participate directly in international environmental legal processes. IELP prepares documents for meetings of the parties to international conventions, such as the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the International Whaling Commission; prepares submissions to international tribunals or to domestic-level agencies to enforce international environmental law; and drafts new international environmental treaties. Our clients include environmental organizations, governments, and international institutions. Throughout the semester, students are guided through project-based skills training, which might include negotiation, lobbying, writing and research, oral presentation, treaty drafting, and strategy. Depending on our docket, students may have the opportunity to participate in an international meeting. For more information about IELP’s projects, see


Credits, Grading, and Course Schedule

IELP is offered as either a one-semester three-credit course or a full-year course for three credits each semester. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis. This class meets for two hours on Fridays. However, during the first two weeks of class each semester, we will conduct a “boot camp”—approximately five hours on each of these Fridays—to convey as much background information as possible for you to engage meaningfully in your work from the start of the course. Participation in “boot camp” sessions is mandatory.


Application Process

Participation in IELP is only open to a limited number of students each semester. Because of the demand for participation in IELP, we have instituted a process similar to a hiring process. A student must have the permission of Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman before registering for the course. If you would like to apply, please submit the following:


•     a cover letter explaining why you want to participate in IELP;

•     your resume;

•     your transcript;

•     a writing sample (this can be your appellate brief from legal writing if this is your only writing sample, but please submit only those portions that you wrote);

•     a list of past, present, and future internships, externships, and other law-related jobs (please complete the form available HERE);

•     an e-mail address and telephone number where we can reach you in May.



Even if you are submitting an application for Spring semester only, you must submit your application by May 10, 2017. Professors Wold and Lyman will make their decisions before you register for class. Remember, you must have our approval before you register for the course.


Please email your applications in a single PDF file to Prof. Erica Lyman at If you have any questions, please email Prof. Lyman. You are also welcome to stop by her office (Wood Hall, 117) or call at 503.768.6715.

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