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  Oct 22, 2014   |   Last update: August 4, 2014 @ 8:21 am

Environmental Law Clinic

There are currently two openings in the Environmental Law Clinic, which is offered during the fall and spring semesters. The clinic is designed to expose students to the wide variety and complexity of environmental regulation and enforcement by seeing it in action on a local level.   This year, for the first time, the clinic is partnering with the environmental team within the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, which has authority to enforce environmental laws and regulations at the county level on behalf of the Health Department. Not surprisingly, the health-based roots of environmental law are much more apparent at this level of enforcement. Similarly, the human aspect of environmental regulation and compliance is also more visible at this level of government. Working side-by-side with attorneys from the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office on regulatory development and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, students will develop a deeper (and hopefully more nuanced) understanding of deceitfully simple terms like “government” and “the environment.”

The Environmental Clinic is taught in conjunction with a skill-based course in Environmental Practice. Although the substantive material focuses on environmental law, students have found the practice-oriented curriculum broadly applicable. One student last year commented,

“Practice is, I think, essentially part of the Clinic experience. It helps develop the practical skills that I used during the clinic (and even at my work). I also feel like it helped me to learn quite a bit of substantive law that I had not been exposed to, and to analyze environmental statutes and the applicable CFRs.”