Student Opportunities

The Environmental Advocacy Center offers students the chance to delve into a broad range of real-world, real-time environmental issues. The program invites students to investigate an array of advocacy techniques. “Solving environmental problems takes lawyers that cannot be defined by particular lawyering skills, “says EAC Director Rob Weinstock. “That’s why our EAC docket is crafted to build students’ skills across a broad range of advocacy techniques. Students draft briefs and participate in depositions to learn litigation skills, of course, but they plan and lead meetings with clients, meet with and write letters to regulators, comment on proposed rules, and digest law and policy with an eye toward creating market conditions to drive better environmental performance. In everything, students learn to center and internalize their clients’ interests and come to understand their role as providing legal perspective and services that fit into a broader strategy to advance their clients’ overall goals.”  

EAC faculty balance student interest and client need in assigning students to projects that will advance their individual learning goals and subject-matter interests.  Regardless of student preference or particular case assignments, the Environmental Advocacy Center prepares them well for a number of different careers. Students particularly value learning the intricacies of developing legal strategies to effect change in a variety of complex situations that are difficult to capture in a classroom setting. Students gain hands-on practice, the opportunity to see an issue move through a process, and the ability to be directly involved in driving real change. 

Related Coursework

Students convene for a weekly seminar session with their EAC colleagues, faculty, clients, and guest presenters drawn from leaders in environmental and energy law. EAC classroom sessions are tailored to bridge students’ individual experiences on projects with doctrinal topics in environmental and energy law, as well as with important skills-based and professional responsibility lessons drawn directly from EAC project needs and developments. 

Prerequisite classes are not required for participation in the Environmental Advocacy Center, however, it is recommended that students take (or have taken) Environmental Law and/or Natural Resources. Other helpful classes include Energy Law and Administrative Law. 

Learn more about coursework and other Environmental Law opportunities.