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 Environmental Law Clinic (the Clinic) is the largest public interest environmental law firm in the State of Maryland devoted to providing free legal services to support environmental litigation and legal reform that protects the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The goal of the Clinic is to train future environmental lawyers by working to improve and enforce environmental laws and regulations at the state, regional, and national levels.
Welcome 2016-2017 Environmental Law Clinic Student Attorneys!
Jane F. Barrett, the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, is one of the country's leading environmental litigators, and brings more than thirty years of experience to the Clinic. Professor Barrett, staff attorneys Matthew Peters, and Emily Wezik, along with the Clinic's students, handle the Clinic's active docket.
Former student attorneys Rachel Burch ’15 (left) and Paul Kloster ’15 (center) with Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Michael Helfrich (right) at the Conowingo Dam, Summer 2014.
Students have two options to enroll in the Environmental Law Clinic: (1) up to 10 students work part time during the school year; or (2) one to two students work full time during the summer. Student attorneys work on a wide array of matters and projects for the Clinic’s clients including drafting and arguing motions, preparing regulatory submissions, drafting comments on proposed permits, conducting legal research and compliance investigations and advising clients on a host of complex environmental issues. Students who work in the Clinic during the school year work part time in the fall and spring semesters, receiving a total of eight credits (four per semester). The full-year experience is designed to allow students to immerse themselves in complex litigation, investigations and regulatory processes that develop and resolve over years. Students work with the Clinic Director and staff attorneys closely in the representation of Clinic clients and are given significant responsibility in maintaining these relationships and advancing the clients’ interests. Because the 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 Clinic in the same semester.
Former student attorneys Renee Lani and Jeremy Baker following a hearing on a petition for judicial review of a Clean Water Act permit at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Spring 2016.
The Clinic team represents several environmental non-profit groups and civic associations working to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their communities. For more information: