Sustainable Development Clinic   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 742 - Sustainable Development Clinic

Credits: 6

Through this clinic, students will provide transactional and advisory legal services to entities whose activities focus on sustainable development, and who would not otherwise be able to hire counsel.  These entities (potentially to include non-profit organizations, local governments, public agencies, and others) may work on ecological conservation, agriculture and food access, land use resilience, or other areas.  Students will interview clients, conduct needed legal research and writing, advise clients, and provide services in a variety of legal subject areas, likely to include administrative law, environmental law, property law, land use law, and non-profit organizations law.  Students may draft and review legal instruments such as conservation easements, examine property title issues, review and advise on organizational documents, and research and advise on legal tools available for resilience initiatives.  Through a seminar component and case rounds in addition to hands-on work, students will gain a more sophisticated understanding of the concepts of sustainability and resilience, attorney ethics and professional rules of practice, and other issues faced by land use lawyers, including interdisciplinary matters and policy questions.

Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility or Problems in Professional Responsibility

Note: Recommended Courses: Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Land Use Planning.

This course satisfies the professional skills course graduation requirement.

Basis of Grade: Professionalism and adherence to clinic procedure/professional practice rules (20%); ability to work with teammates and supervisors (20%); quality of work products and other assistance to clients (20%); responsiveness to feedback (20%); and participation in seminar and case rounds, including completion of any assignments (20%).