Environmental Law Clinic

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. 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, opposing construction of new fossil fuel pipelines, protecting fisheries and marine mammals, advancing policies related to sustainable food supplies, implementing regulations for stormwater pollution control, and protecting environmental justice communities, and safeguarding drinking water quality and advancing sustainable waste policies in the New York region.

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. 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 remotely from the NRDC's offices, 40 West 20th Street. Ms. Carrillo will contact students to arrange an interview with  Professor Goldstein. Third- and second-year students will be considered, as will LLMs. The LLM application period will take place at a time TBD. 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 2020 Spring 2021
Alex Liguori
Arman Cuneo
Emily Dunn
Shlomit Heering
Frank Joranko             
Zoë Smith
Emily Stewart
Avi Mediratta      
Maxwell Nettler
William Jackson
Gabriella Johnston
William Rose
Maggie Valachovic
Aaron Weinmann
Tanya Shahjanian

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