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Environmental Law Externship (New York)

(Law 821)

4 credit hours (3 clinical and 1 academic), Fall or Spring

Students prosecute environmental violations with the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, assist the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in prosecuting enforcement cases in geographic areas from Long Island to the Catskills, or work with the New York Attorney General’s Office or US EPA Region 2. DEC cases may involve hazardous waste cleanups, pesticides, or other environmental concerns.

Students also participate in a weekly seminar, during which they compare how government and “public interest” lawyers approach environmental problems and consider topics such as the scope of judicial authority and review, the relationship between administrative agency action and litigation, available remedies, and state-federal relations.

Prerequisites: Environmental Law Survey.