Environmental & Land Use Law
Trying to decide how to spend your summer? Paid legal employment in the field of your choice is always a great option. But we know that paid summer positions jobs are not always available, especially for rising 2Ls. So what’s a student to do? This category lists options you shouldn’t overlook, including externships that provide a placement in an employment setting with exposure to practice in this area, fellowships or scholarships that students can apply for that support unpaid internships or externships in this field, summer study abroad programs that emphasize this field of law, and other relevant opportunities. Externships are for-credit experiential learning opportunities, where the student is supervised both by a lawyer at the placement and a faculty member, with educational requirements the student must meet. Financial aid is generally available for students who enroll in externships on the same terms as for other coursework.
Externships (up to 6 credits):
There are numerous environmental and land use law focused externships with state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; local governments, including the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission and Alachua County Forever; and non-governmental conservation organizations such as EarthJustice and the Public Trust Environmental Law Institute of Florida. For more information, see the Externship Program Guide.
The Environmental and Land Use Law Program offers Conservation Law Fellowships and Minority Environmental Law Fellowships that provide financial support for students’ summer experiences. See For more information visit: Opportunities for Students. In addition, the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship , the Bill McBride Public Interest Practice Fellowship, the E. Thom Rumberger Everglades Foundation Fellowship and the Association for Public Interest Law Fellowship provide financial support for students with public interest or public service-oriented summer internship or externship opportunities. For more information contact the Center for Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Study Abroad:
The Environmental Law Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica provides students an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through an integrated, suite of courses that coalesce around efforts to find practical, policy-relevant solutions to issues of immediate importance to the conservation and sustainable development community. For more information visit the Costa Rica Study Abroad program website here: Costa Rica.
The Environmental and Land Use Law Program offers a Certificate. For more information on the certificate program, go to ELUL Certificate.
Students may take up to 6 credit hours of coursework outside of the law school that count toward the J.D. degree. Courses in environmental science or ecology that support this practice area may be available in various departments and colleges across campus. Students should consult the course catalog for the relevant department and then discuss the course with a law school advisor to determine whether it makes sense to take the course. Students may also wish to pursue a joint degree program to earn a Master’s degree along with their law degree. For more information visit: Interdisciplinary Opportunities.