Levin College of Law

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

For more information, please visit Conservation Clinic Website.