Jacobs Law Clinic for Democracy and the Environment

3 - 5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Jaclyn Lopez, Assistant Professor
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Program Description:
Recognizing that the health of our environment and of our communities are inextricably linked, and entirely dependent on a functioning and just democracy, the Jacobs Law Clinic pursues and defends justice through advocacy focused on our most pressing environmental issues. It is centered on the mutually reinforcing and independently important principles of freedom to participate in and influence decision-making and the ability to seek relief from harm. The Jacobs Law Clinic provides a much-needed public service of pro bono legal aid while affording Stetson’s law students opportunities to represent underserved clients with hands-on case management and the development of the advocacy skills necessary to be successful attorneys.

This clinic teaches the art of law practice through client representation on environmental and democracy matters. Students will learn how to find and use the sources of law relevant to their clients’ matters, including statutes, regulations, guidance and policy. Students will take on the various roles representing actual clients, including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, rule-making, presenting and oral advocacy, and drafting legal documents

*The Jacobs Law Clinic is approved for experiential credit and is an approved elective in the advocacy, environmental law, and social justice advocacy concentrations.

Placement Locations:

Stetson College of Law, Gulfport Campus

Program Requirements:

  • 42.5 hours per credit;
  • Weekly classroom component which meets Mondays 3:10 -5 p.m. on the Gulfport Campus;
  • Detailed weekly report and timesheets.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Pre or co-requisite Professional Responsibility; and
  • Pre or co-requisite of Administrative Law and/or Environmental Law

Application Requirements:
Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, visit our Clinics and Externships page).

**If you are a seeking assistance on a democracy or environmental matter, please see the Jacobs Law Clinic webpage for information.