Opportunities for Students
Students selected for summer externships work with a state, federal or local government agency or a public interest group on environmental or land use law issues under the supervision of an attorney and a faculty advisor. Students can receive up to 6 hours of academic credit for an externship.
The Conservation Clinic offers students the opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience while working on compelling conservation challenges. Under the supervision of Director Tom Ankersen, law and graduate students work in teams for clients such as not-for-profit organizations, community organizations, state and local governments, and even international organizations. Students learn to work within interdisciplinary teams to achieve results that require a collaborative effort. Issue-oriented field trips are a staple of the clinic semester.
In recent semesters, Conservation Clinic students have:
- Drafted a model historic preservation ordinance for use by Florida waterfront communities
- Drafted a green building ordinance and a wetlands ordinance for the City of Gainesville, Florida
- Drafted proposed state legislation and the accompanying legal analysis to address degradation of Florida’s springs
- Drafted petitions under the World Heritage Convention to establish a new World Heritage Site in Costa Rica and to designate the Belize Barrier Reef an endangered World Heritage Site
- Drafted a conservation easement for a property owner seeking to ensure that her property remains under conservation in perpetuity
The UF Environmental and Land Use Law Program and Conservation Clinic invite applications for ELUL J.D. Summer fellowships. Fellowships are awarded to J.D. students who either have enrolled in the Conservation Clinic or commit to enroll in it for at least one semester after completion of the fellowship placement.
Thom E. Rumberger Fellows Program
The legacy of one of Florida’s most influential environmental defenders will continue to thrive in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s new E. Thom Rumberger Everglades Foundation Fellowship Program. The fellowship was established in honor of UF Law alum Thom Rumberger (1932-2011) who devoted much of his career to fighting on behalf of the Florida environment – particularly the Everglades.
The Rumberger scholarship will give students the opportunity to work in public interest areas like Everglades restoration, in order to build a career.
GreenLaw (formerly The Environmental and Land Use Law Society (ELULS)) is one of the most active student groups on campus. Each year, GreenLaw has a program of speakers from practice, hosts social events, and organizes outdoor activities like river clean-ups.
The University of Florida sends teams to the National Environmental Moot Court Competition and the International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Students selected to participate in the UF teams have the chance to brief and argue a case, and to compete against teams from around the country in the annual competition.
A skills emphasis: Costa Rica offers a natural laboratory conservation and development law and policy skills training. Law and graduate students develop their knowledge and skills through an integrated suite of courses that include comparative approaches to complex issues at the intersection of conservation and development; collaborative practicums oriented around issue-based field trips; and service to the conservation and development community.
The Center for Career Development coordinates recruiting activities between students, alumni and employers, and provides law students and alumni with a wide range of career resources including individual career counseling and career education workshops and programs.
“I owe all of you a debt of gratitude for the education I received and experiences I had at UF Law. Without CGR, the Conservation Clinic, the ELUL program, and the professors and staff that work hard to make these programs valuable to students, I wouldn’t have had the internship opportunities I had as a law student and I never would have been hired into my current position. Two key reason I was hired at BSEE are my ELUL certificate and my internships with the federal government (EPA and CFPB), which were only possible because of the efforts of UF faculty.” Allison Fischman (JD 2012)
In the fall 2012 she was hired by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as a presidential management fellow. BSEE is one half of the former Minerals Management Service (and then briefly BOEMRE), with the other half being the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. I’m working in DC on a variety of enforcement and policy-related projects.