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Legal Practicum: Environmental Prosecution

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

This 2-credit spring practicum is a companion to the fall Environmental Enforcement class. Interested students may continue learning about the enforcement tools available to federal and state government attorneys by applying knowledge from the course to real cases and investigations through practical application. Under the supervision of an Assistant US Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon, the students will take part in case evaluations, investigations and prosecutions under federal and state environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The student will participate in all stages of the prosecution, from investigation through charging and sentencing, with potential court appearances. Students will work directly with investigating agents as well as their supervising attorney. There will also be opportunities for placement with organizations that focus on civil enforcement of environmental laws.

To apply submit a short statement (less than a page) on why you wish to take this course listing any relevant background experience that you have. Submit applications to the Registrar on the first day of registration.

Requirements:10 hours per week of practicum work in the spring for 2 credits. This is a credit/no credit class. Class size will depend on the availability of active cases to assign to students.

Prerequisites: Environmental Law and Environmental Enforcement. Students must qualify for Oregon Supreme Court Student Appearance Rules; apply and receive professor invitation. Students shall not be compensated for work performed in connection with a Legal Practicum placement.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

This is a year-long Internship Seminar. In the Fall students will attend a 2 hour seminar. In the Spring, students will be placed with a federal or state environmental enforcement agency in Portland. Under the supervision of an Assistant US Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General, the students will take part in case evaluations, investigations and prosecutions under federal and state environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The student will participate in all stages of the prosecution, from investigation through charging and sentencing, with potential court appearances. Students will work directly with investigating agents as well as their supervising attorney.

Applicants will be screened through an interview process. To apply, submit a transcript, a resume and a one page statement on why you wish to take this course listing any relevant background experience that you have. Submit applications to the Registrar on the first day of registration. Students are notified later in the summer regarding interviews.

Requirements: Two hour per week seminar in the Fall for 2; 10 hours per week clinical in the Spring for 2 credits. This is a credit/no credit class. Class size will depend on the availability of active cases to assign to students.

Prerequisites: Environmental Law; Students must qualify for Oregon Supreme Court Student Appearance Rules; apply and receive professor invitation.

Students shall not be compensated for work performed in connection with an Internship placement.