Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 4/6
Credits: 4
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1130-1250 SL284

Course Description

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. The clinic has represented a diverse array of public-interest clients in recent years, from a community group working preserve an early 20th century African-American 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 are also afforded 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. Students interested in a yearlong clinic experience may enroll in the Advanced Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students should expect to perform legal research, draft memos, briefs and motions, develop interrogatories and cross examination scripts. Students should expect the clinic to require an average of 13-14 hours of work per week.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Environmental Law and/or Administrative Law recommended but not required. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: Environmental Law and/or Administrative Law recommended but not required.

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: An application will be required to enroll in this clinic. Details about the application process will be announced by the Director of Clinics, Prof. Shalf. If seats remain after the application process, students are encouraged to contact Prof. Jaffe to express interest. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: students in this clinic will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, H and P grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124217875

Modified Type: Clinical

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Environmental and Land Use Law , Litigation and Procedure

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