Clinics

Environmental Law Clinic

LW.11120 / LW.10633
Professor Eric A. Goldstein
Professor Nancy S. Marks
Open to 2L and 3L students
Maximum of 8 students
Fall and Spring semesters
5 credits*
No prerequisites or co-requisites.

Course Description

Fieldwork

The Environmental Law Clinic program emphasizes environmental litigation and advocacy from the public interest point of view. Clinic participants work under the supervision of attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Approximately 12 to 15 hours of work per week is required. This is a one semester clinic that is offered in both the fall and the spring. Up to eight students per term are accepted for the clinic. Typical issues that students have worked on recently include: pollution from shale gas and oil extraction, energy efficiency, protection of fisheries and marine mammals, policies related to New York food supplies, harm from pesticide use,  stormwater pollution, and  conditions in New York City public housing.

The Seminar

The group meets for a two-hour session on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. These sessions are devoted to discussion of environmental law practice, led by NRDC attorneys and visiting experts. At the seminars, speakers lead discussions on current issues in environmental law, as well as environmental lawyering skills, strategies and tactics. At one session, students participate in a moot court argument of a pending environmental case. Interested students can request a copy of this term's seminar schedule by contacting the clinic's support person, Paulina Muratore, via email.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their application, resume and transcript via the CAMS system. Applicants are interviewed at the NRDC's offices, 40 West 20th Street. Ms. Muratore will contact students to arrange an interview with either Professor Goldstein or Marks. Third- and second-year students will be considered. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Ms. Muratore.

The Environmental Law Clinic also welcomes LL.M. enrollments and will consider taking one LLM student each semester, but does not specifically reserve space for them. The application period for LL.M. students will take place from May 20-June 3, 2016. (Please note there is a separate application form for LL.M. students.)

Student Contacts

Students are encouraged to speak with current and former Clinic students listed below:

Spring 2015 Fall 2015
Nathan Taylor
Callie Lefevre
Neal Pearlman
Eric Holmes
Liz Rasheed
Jacqueline Horani
Emily Lilburn
Peter Black
Emily Kenyon
Julia Kantor
Ji An Wang
Kartik Madiraju
Cynthia Harris
Sarah Krame

* 5 credits include 3 clinical credits and 2 academic seminar credits.