Externship: Environmental

Externship: Environmental

Course Number: LAW 821FP (Field Placement & LAW 821S (Seminar); ULSR
Course Credits: 4 (3 FP, 1 Seminar)
Students spend twelve hours per week enforcing environmental laws, drafting environmental policy documents, and otherwise representing the host agency/office. The class has placements at various environmental enforcement agencies and other regulatory entities, including: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYC and New Paltz Offices); the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC); Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC); Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (NYC): the United States Environmental Protection Agency (NYC); and the Environmental Protection Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office (NYC). Additional placement locations in other government offices or public interest groups are possible but require early coordination with the professor. Student work and the practice experience are further reviewed in a weekly seminar session with the faculty supervisor. The seminar also compares the approach to legal issues and environmental problems of government lawyers and "public interest" lawyers and analyzes topics such as the authority of the courts, the scope of judicial review, the relationship between administrative agency records and litigation, available remedies, ethical issues, and state-federal relations, as they arise within the framework of the clinical experience. Environmental Law Survey, application, interview, and permission of the professor are required.
Environmental Law, Externship