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295.5E sec. 001 - Environmental Law Clinic (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Heather Lewis  
Instructor: Claudia Polsky  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

    Course Start: January 19, 2021
    Course End: May 04, 2021

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 10
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 16
    As of: 05/08 05:45 AM


    The Environmental Law Clinic (295.5E; 4 units) has a varied issue docket that spans local to national matters, and provides hands-on opportunities for students in administrative agency practice, litigation, legislative drafting, and policy formulation. The Clinic has three goals: making students creative and effective environmental lawyers; making an environmental difference; and addressing environmental legal needs of underserved communities.

    The Clinic focuses on Environmental Health (limiting human exposure to toxic chemicals, pollution, and radiation) and Environmental Justice (with a focus on climate justice).

    The Clinic seeks to address major environmental crises of our time in a way that also promotes social and economic equity. Simply put, How can we create a new green economy that is both ecologically sustainable and more just?

    Students interested in participating in the Environmental Clinic should go to the Clinical Program Application page for information about the application process. The Environmental Law Clinic Seminar (Law 291.A; 2 units) is a co-requisite.

    Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

    Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.


    Real-time attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.


    Prerequisites:
    There are no prerequisites for this course. The 2-unit Environmental Law Clinic Seminar is a co-requisite.

    Requirements Satisfaction:

    Work in the clinic may satisfy Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to satisfy Option 2, clinic students must complete a paper or series of written work that comprises 30 or more pages. Students who wish to satisfy the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their draft for comment and revision.

    Option 2 form needed:
    https://www.law.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Writing_Requirement_2017.pdf

    This class may satisfy either the writing requirement or the experiential requirement but not both.

    Student Services is available to answer questions.


    Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
    Course Category: Clinics
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Environmental and Energy Law
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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