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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Clinics and Externships

Environmental Law Clinic

The Environmental Law Clinic at UO Law, begun in 1986, is the first of its kind in the nation. Working with the Western Environmental Law Center, the clinic is renowned for its creative and successful litigation on behalf of conservation groups, individuals, and local governments who seek to preserve and restore natural resources in the West.  Students learn how to work up cases, prepare expert witnesses, write persuasive motions and memoranda, and appear at oral argument. The emphasis in on intellectually challenging and creative work.

ENR Externship Program

Under the ENR Externship Program, externs will be placed with government offices, non-profit organizations, and tribal entities and will work on a variety of issues related to environmental regulations and compliance, including property mechanisms to achieve landscape conservation, energy policy, international environmental issues, tribal management of natural resources, marine and freshwater resources, land use, and climate change law and policy. Heather Brinton, ENR Director, is the Faculty Supervisor of ENR externships. Information about program requirements and field placements is outlined here. Recent placements include:

To propose a new ENR field placement, please refer to the School of Law's academic guidelines and schedule an appointment with Heather Brinton.

Judicial Externships

Externs work for district and appellate federal courts, Oregon appellate courts, the Land Use Board of Appeals, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Eugene. The judges include students in all aspects of their work, including settlement meetings, trials, and discussions in chambers.


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