During the 2015-2016 school year, Berkeley School of Law will welcome its newest addition — an environmental law clinic that will provide students with additional skills to address pressing contemporary issues. Students will be able to conduct policy analysis and litigation by focusing on projects related to the environment including air quality, water and climate change.
Law Professor Eric Biber helped create the proposal, which resulted in an anonymous donation to help establish the clinic. “It will create opportunities for our students to be engaged with real world, practical problems in environmental law, and help improve the environment at the local, national, and global level,” Biber says.
The clinic will be the School’s first in-house clinic created in more than a decade. It was proposed to fill the gap of practical experience for Berkeley’s world-renowned environmental law program. At the clinic, students will be supervised by the faculty director and take on projects for clients such as community and environmental organizations. Biber hopes that the clinic will expand students’ skills and help them become more effective lawyers. “It will allow them to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to cases that will have direct implications for clients, for communities, for California and the United States,” Biber adds.
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