Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic

Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic

Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic meets outside

Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic

The Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic fits within the Law School’s Program in Law, Communities and the Environment (PLACE). Students in this semester-long clinic have the opportunity to work on real-world environmental cases in a variety of venues — before courts, administrative agencies and public utility commissions. In communities impacted by environmental harm, many voices need representation.

The clinic has represented a diverse array of public-interest clients in recent years, from a community group working to preserve an early 20th-century black schoolhouse, to local governments filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to working on in-house clinic cases, students also have the option of working closely with attorneys at the Southern Environmental Law Center, a nationally prominent environmental law and policy organization that is headquartered in Charlottesville.

Advanced Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic

Students interested in a yearlong clinic experience may enroll in the Advanced Clinic (a two-credit course) after successful completion of one semester in the Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic. 

Public Policy Reports Prepared by the Clinic

Report on Legal Analysis of Well-Water Contamination and Options for Remediation, (June 18, 2020). PDF

Legal Report on Executive Order 43 Prepared, (May 29, 2020). PDF

Legal Options for Community Choice Aggregation in Virginia, (Dec., 2019). PDF

Barriers and Opportunities for Siting Solar Energy Projects on Contaminated Mine Lands in Nevada, (May, 2017). PDF

Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Filed by the Clinic

United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association, (2020). PDF

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian, (2019). PDF

County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, (2019). PDF

Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren, (2018). PDF
Skills Taught
Commenting on administrative rules, advocacy in hearings and before state agencies and boards, investigation and litigation, public advocacy
Course Length
Once a week
Course Credits
5 (2 for Advanced Clinic)