Environmental Law Externship

3  or 4 Credit Hours

Depending on placement
(variable credits enrollments may be available during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Overseeing Professor:
Paul Boudreaux, Professor of Law

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 and write memoranda 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
• Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (Tampa)
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (St. Petersburg)
• Ocean Conservancy (St. Petersburg)
• Dept. of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee - student must be previously accepted by DEP)
• Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC - student must be previously accepted by EPA)

Program Requirements:
• 128 hours for 3 credits or 170 for 4 credits per semester;
• Submission of written work product;
• Submission of detailed timesheets; and
• Periodic classroom/meeting component.

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, there will be an interview with the hosting organization.