Credit: 4 credits
Number of Positions: 1

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund is an independent, nonprofit, environmental law firm with nine regional offices across the U.S. The office provides free legal services to citizen groups and environmental organizations in cases involving forests, public lands, wildlife and habitat, communities and health, clean water, coasts and wetlands, clean air, trade and the environment. Students will assist attorneys with investigation of facts by conducting interviews, doing on-site observations, requesting and reviewing government records, and conducting research at libraries and on the internet. They will assist with ongoing litigation by drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, briefs, discovery requests, stipulations, final judgments and orders. Students will also complete legal research on assigned topics, and submit oral and written findings to supervising attorneys.

Prerequisites: Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule. Students must have satisfactorily completed Environmental Law.

Recommended Courses: Administrative Law or Florida Administrative Practice, Evidence, Florida Civil Practice or Civil Pretrial Practice.

Selection Process: Selection is based on student’s courses, grades, career goals, graduation date and other externships taken.

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