The Environmental Law Clinic, established in 1987, is part of the school's nationally acclaimed Environmental Law Program and an important part of the University of Maryland's nationally ranked clinical law program. The goal of the Environmental Law Clinic is to train future environmental lawyers by working to improve environmental law and policy at the state, regional, national levels, and international levels. The Environmental Law Clinic is directed by Professor Seema Kakade.
The Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland is uniquely located to work on a variety of cutting edge environmental issues in both urban and rural settings. The Environmental Law Clinic also utilizes its proximity to Washington DC to enhance opportunities for students to work on matters at national and international levels.
The Environmental Law Clinic is a full year course for eight credits (four per semester). The full-year experience is designed to allow students to immerse themselves in complex experiences reflective of the field of environmental law. Because the Environmental Law Clinic is a student’s first experience as a lawyer representing clients in a complex area of law, students cannot do both an externship and the Environmental Law Clinic in the same semester.
Students spend 2 hours each week in constructive class time with Professor Kakade. Class time is spent on skills training, mock sessions, and class lectures on a variety of real-world topics related to the practice of environmental law. Project work is accomplished in Teams and individual students will spend approximately 10-15 hours each week working on Environmental Law Clinic matters. Team and individual student work time is spent on a wide array of matters and projects for the Clinic’s clients and partners including for example, conducting oral presentations at hearings, drafting comments on permits and rulemakings, conducting legal research and compliance investigations, locating technical experts, and advising clients on a host of complex environmental issues.
The Environmental Law Clinic consists of approximately 10 students providing pro bono legal services. The Environmental Law Clinic prioritizes matters that: