How To Enroll


Registration Information: Any student who has finished the first year of law school, has achieved a 2.6 GPA or higher, and meets the pre-/co-requisite requirements is eligible to take the Earthrise clinic. Students with lower GPAs can contact an Earthrise professor and seek permission to enroll. All admitted applicants will also go through a compliance check regarding meeting the pre-/co-requisites and minimum GPA requirements. If you are admitted to the clinic, you will then enroll for the clinic through WebAdvisor. By registering for this clinic, you are giving permission for the Registrar’s office to provide your cumulative GPA to the Earthrise professors after Spring grades are in. Earthrise enrollment is limited to 25 students; final enrollment preference will be given to rising 3Ls. After final enrollment, each student will be contacted in order to clear any potential conflicts of interest.

Students must apply and be accepted before they can enroll in the clinic. The application will open a few weeks before registration. More details about the application process will be provided at a later date. If a student is selected, they will choose Earthrise Clinic as one of their course selections during the normal registration process.

Earthrise prefers a full-year commitment (three credits per semester), but students can register for just one semester if they have scheduling conflicts that prevent them from registering for both semesters. However, students who only enroll in Earthrise for one semester cannot enroll in Earthrise Ethics, which is a mandatory two-semester course.


Some Earthrise Basics 

Credits Course Length Prerequisites Clinic Location Work Hours Fulfills Law School Requirements
3 credits One semester Environmental Law and Administrative Law are pre- or co-requisites to taking Earthrise. We also highly recommend that you take Environmental Litigation before or concurrently with Earthrise.

Wood Hall on the Law School Campus

10-12 hours per week

Class meets on Fridays from noon to 2 pm

Writing Professional Responsibility Other Law School Requirements

6 credits

3 per semester

Two semesters

WIE on a case by case basis


Earthrise Ethics meets this requirement.

Highly Specialized Requirement

Experiential Learning requirement

Natural Resources Certificate

Does not count towards the cap on ungraded credits


As an Earthrise student, you will be assisting Earthrise Attorneys who are representing real clients. Therefore, Earthrise must consider ethical conflicts of interest when reviewing student applications. Because of specific ethical requirements, a student cannot be enrolled in Earthrise and at the same time extern or intern with an entity or agency that is adverse to an Earthrise client, creating a concurrent conflict of interest. Earthrise professors will work with you to address your specific situation. We can usually find a way to allow you to both take Earthrise and extern for an agency that Earthrise often sues, just not at the same time.

Here are some examples that may help you in planning.

Things you can do:

  • You usually can extern with, or otherwise work for, a local federal judge or an adverse agency before or after you take Earthrise. We can usually work to screen you, even if you have a conflict because of such past or future work.
  • You can likely extern with the U.S. Department of Justice during your second year and still enroll in Earthrise during your third year. You would just need to disclose to us the matters you worked on while at the DOJ and then we can screen you from any matters that involved an Earthrise client.
  • If you took Earthrise during your second year, during your third year you could extern with the Department of the Interior’s Solicitors Office even though Earthrise sometimes has cases against the Department of the Interior. That agency can screen you from any specific matter where you may have an actual conflict. 

Things you can’t do:

  • During the same semester you cannot both enroll in Earthrise and extern with the U.S. Department of Justice, because that agency is always representing other federal agencies that are currently in litigation against Earthrise clients.
  • You cannot extern for a local federal judge when you are also enrolled in Earthrise because we have many cases before those judges.