Environmental Law Externships

Environmental externships involve placement in a public or public interest law office to observe and work on environmental or natural resource issues while participating in a class to learn key environmental practice skills and to reflect upon the experience and observations. Although the substantive focus is on environmental and natural resource issues, an environmental externship would be valuable to any student who hopes to engage in a complex administrative or regulatory practice.

Sample placements include: 

  • Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of the Interior Students work with attorneys in the Solicitor’s Office on public land and natural resource law on behalf of various entities within the Department of the Interior (including potentially the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and National Park Service). (Subject to individual acceptance by the Solicitor’s office.)
  • Southern Utah Wilderness AllianceSUWA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization working full time to defend Utah’s redrock wilderness.
  • Breathe Utah – A non-profit organization seeking real and practical solutions to Utah’s air quality problem.
  • Environmental Dispute Resolution ProgramEDR Program provides students with essential negotiation and conflict management skills, as well as opportunities to practice environmental dispute resolution and collaborative problem-solving techniques.  The clinic student in 2015 participated in mediations with the Green River grazing dispute.
  • Utah Clean EnergyUtah Clean Energy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead and accelerate the clean energy transformation. Internship duties include legal research and writing regarding: 1) state and federal legal issues pertinent to electric utility regulation, renewable energy and climate change; and 2) local wind ordinances in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

Additional work completed in certain externships WILL APPLY to the Pro Bono Initiative certificate.

Placement and Course qualify for credit toward the Environmental Law Certificate.