Environmental Law Externship

2 - 4 Credit Hours

(variable credits enrollments available. Each credit requires 42.5 hours)

Overseeing Professor:
Paul Boudreaux, Professor of Law
[email protected]

Program Description:
Students work on environmental and land-use issues under the direct supervision of federal, county, or non-governmental organization (NGO) attorneys. Students conduct research, write memoranda, advocate before decision-makers, and attend hearing and public meetings on matters relating to fisheries and ocean law, water and air pollution, endangered species and marine mammals, and wetland protection.

Placement Locations:

• Center for Biological Diversity (St. Petersburg)
• Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (Tampa)
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (St. Petersburg)
• Ocean Conservancy (St. Petersburg)
• Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee - student must be previously accepted by FDEP)
• Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC - student must be previously accepted by EPA)

Program Requirements:

• 42.5 hours per credit;
• Submission of written work product to placement supervisor
• Periodic meeting component overseeing professor

Eligibility Requirements:

• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Pass a background check (for placement with NOAA); and
• Successful completion of Environmental Law and/or Administrative Law (preferred).

Application Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, visit the Clinics and Externships page) and
  • For placement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Center for Biological Diversity, there will be an interview with the hosting organization.