Environmental Clinic I: Earthrise

  • Year-Long Class

Environmental Clinic I: Earthrise - Earthrise Clinical Faculty

  • Course Type: Highly Specialized and Experiential
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: 25
  • Description: Students work on actual environmental cases and administrative issues under the supervision of the clinical professors of 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, protect wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems, and promote climate justice.


    Each week, students are expected to attend and participate in a 2-hour classroom component (Fridays from noon-2:00PM), meet with a supervising attorney, as well as work 10 hours on average each week on cases as assigned. Grading is currently on a pass/no pass basis. Class attendance is mandatory.

    Registration Information: Any student who has finished the first year of law school and has achieved a 2.6 GPA or higher is eligible to apply to take the Earthrise clinic. Students with lower GPAs can contact an Earthrise professor and seek permission to enroll. Any student may initially apply to enroll in Earthrise as part of a two-step process towards final enrollment. After Spring grades are in, all registrants will go through a compliance check regarding meeting the pre-/co-requisites and minimum GPA requirements, as well as an overall assessment of each student’s application. 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.

    To apply for enrollment in Earthrise, please complete the following Google form:


    Please note that final enrollment preference will be given to rising 3Ls as this is their last opportunity to take the clinic course. You will be notified by the end of June about your enrollment status. In addition, after final enrollment, each student will be contacted in order to clear any potential conflicts of interest.

    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 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.

  • Co- or Prerequisite: Environmental Law, Administrative Law; students are encouraged to take Environmental Litigation before or concurrently
  • Evaluation Method: Written work completed in the clinic
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: Optional; requires prior professor permission