Environmental Law Society

Legal Projects

Our Legal Projects Initiative gives 1Ls and other interested students the opportunity to gain immediate experience in the practice of environmental law. ELS coordiantes research opportunities with prominent local and national environmental organziations in order to offer students substantive legal research and writing experiences.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS A LAW STUDENT BY TEAMING UP WITH ORGANIZATIONS FROM NEW YORK TO GERMANY AS WE TRY TO INFLUENCE CHANGES IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. KNOW A LOT? KNOW A LITTLE? KNOW NOTHING AT ALL? WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU! 

A lot of important cases are heard in the federal courts every year, but international organizations don't always have the capacity to monitor these important developments. Develop your Westlaw and Lexis skills while doing something other than working on a Lawyering assignment!

Project opportunities similar to those of previous years will be available for the 2015-16 school year, with additional opportunities coming from a new partnership with the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), which develops innovative legal projects on important local issues in order to improve environmental quality in New York City.

In past years, legal projects have included:
-Drafting the Terms of Reference to help the Pacific Islands make a proposal to the United Nations Security Council for the appointment of a Special Representative to report on climate change as a security issue

-Developing a presentation to be given by representatives of Pacific Islands at a UN Conference on sustainable development

-Assisting international organziations with stay abreast of legal developments in the United States

-Helping the Natural Resources Defense Council research attempts by states to overrule private landowners' objections to hydraulic fracturing on their property

-Working with the Nature Conservancy in creating a new protected areas system in the Yunnan region of China

-Aiding NYU Law's Institute for Policy Integrity to update decade-old research on state-level regulatory review programs.

Got a different interest? Let us know and we will work to match you with an organization doing work on your issue! For more information, contact Stephanie Jones, Legal Projects Chair, at shj305@nyu.edu.