Environmental Law Clinic

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

Course Description


The Environmental Law Clinic program emphasizes environmental litigation and advocacy from the public interest point of view. Clinic participants will 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 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 will be given a copy of the term's current 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. While third-year students are preferred, 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 is July 1-15, 2015. (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 2014 Fall 2014
Vicky Chau
Alexandra Dougherty
Daniel Gibbons
Rebecca Guiterman
Julia McCarthy
John Nelson
Charmayne Palomba
Roman Pazuniak
Benjamin Barczewski
Byron Chan
Thomas Dollar
Claire Glenn
Christopher Jaynes
Hilary Nakasone
Max Sarinsky
Tianpu Zhang

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