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Environmental Litigation Clinic

(Law 767 and 767A)
6 credits (4 clinical and 2 academic), all semesters

The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic is operated separately from John Jay Legal Services, visit the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic site at www.law.pace.edu/envclinic.

The Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace is one of the oldest and most respected environmental clinics in the country. Co-directed by Professors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Karl Coplan, the Clinic represents public interest groups bringing citizen-enforcement actions in state and federal courts on a variety of environmental and land use issues. The clinic supports its major client, the Riverkeeper Inc, and prepares amicus curiae briefs in significant national environmental litigation. Students undertake casework and participate in two weekly seminars that focus on substantive environmental law and lawyering skills encountered in major civil litigation. Skill areas include case planning, integration of facts and law, client counseling, negotiation, drafting legal documents, and pretrial and trial advocacy.

A minimum weekly commitment of 20 hours outside of classroom time is required, and students must plan their schedules to accommodate their clinic responsibilities.

Prerequisites: Environmental skills; Evidence. Environmental Law Survey is recommended.