Environmental Law Clinic

LW.11120 / LW.10633
Professor Eric A. Goldstein
Professor Nancy S. Marks
Open to 2L and 3L students; LLMs if space is available
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 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: defending Presidential designations of National Monuments, securing information from recalcitrant federal agencies, challenging agency rollbacks of federal regulations, targeting lead contamination of drinking water, defending energy efficiency programs, protecting fisheries and marine mammals, advancing policies related to sustainable food supplies, implementing regulations for stormwater pollution control, and enhancing environmental conditions in New York City public housing.

The Seminar

The group meets for a two-hour session on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:50 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, Alina Carrillo 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. Carrillo will contact students to arrange an interview with either Professor Goldstein or Marks. Third- and second-year students will be considered, as will LLMs. The LLM application period will take place from July 24-30, 2020. Please note there is a separate application form for LLMs. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Ms. Carrillo.

Student Contacts

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

Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Anna D’Agostino
Gwendolyn Hicks
Tully Moyer
Katherine Smith
Jason Warrington             
Hannah Yang
Ihab Mikati
Bridget Pals
Nicholas Lee-Wunderlich      
Daniel Solecki
Helen Sprainer
Eun-Bit Chang
Marcelo Barros
Samantha Osaki
Andria So
Erik Woodward

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