Course Information

Course Description: Environmental Clinic


Students in the Environmental Clinic work with underserved communities throughout Texas to advocate for solutions to today’s pressing environmental problems, including environmental injustice and climate change.  Students in the Clinic learn to think creatively about how to use the law to protect and improve environmental quality and public health.

Students work on cases in teams, under the supervision of clinic faculty.  Students should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week working on clinic cases.

Recent clinic projects have included:

  • civil rights complaints,
  • environmental enforcement in federal courts,
  • permitting and rulemaking proceedings before courts and administrative agencies,
  • nuisance actions,
  • community education,
  • pollution monitoring, and
  • environmental policy research.

Through their work on cases, students in the Clinic have gained practical experience with factual investigation and analysis, client counseling and community education, administrative research and advocacy before regulatory agencies, and legal drafting and litigation support.

Students also participate in a weekly two-hour seminar in which we discuss environmental laws, environmental justice, and the efficacy of current laws for protecting health and the environment.

For additional information regarding the clinic, contact Clinic Director Kelly Haragan (haragan@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-2654) or Clinic Administrator Sarah Beach (sbeach@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-2454).