FAQs for prospective students
What kinds of cases does the Environmental Clinic work on?
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. Recent clinic projects have included:
- enforcement of environmental laws in federal court,
- permitting and rulemaking proceedings before courts and administrative agencies,
- civil rights complaints,
- nuisance actions,
- community education,
- pollution monitoring, and
- environmental policy research.
Who are our clients/partners?
Our clients are typically low-income individuals and underserved neighborhood groups that are exposed to pollution or other environmental hazards, such as flooding. We also represent environmental nonprofit organizations and local governments. We frequently work with the Texas legal aid organizations (e.g., Texas RioGrande Legal Aid or Lone Star Legal Aid) or with national environmental law firms (e.g., Earthjustice or the National Environmental Law Center).Back to top
How many students are in the clinic each semester?
Up to six new students and two advanced (repeat) students are in the clinic each semester. Students work in teams of two.Back to top
How many hours can I expect to devote to the Environmental Clinic each week?
You are expected to devote 10-12 hours a week to your casework, which includes a weekly meeting with your teammate and supervisor. Students also participate in a weekly two-hour seminar covering topics including: federal environmental statutes, environmental justice, administrative law practice, and use of the law as part of campaigns for environmental protection and justice.Back to top
What can I expect to learn in the Environmental Clinic?
Students in the Clinic learn to think creatively about how to use the law to protect and improve environmental quality and public health. Practical skills learned and honed in the Environmental Clinic include:
- legal drafting and litigation support,
- environmental and administrative law research,
- factual investigation and analysis,
- client counseling/community education, and
- advocacy before regulatory agencies.