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Environmental Clinic

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Fall 2014 Course Description

Taught by Kelly Haragan

6 credits (pass/fail) — offered Fall 2014, Spring 2015

The Clinic is open to students who have completed their first two semesters.

Students must register for Law 397C and 397D, for a total of six credits.

Students are required to complete 12 hours of clinical work per week during the semester in addition to attending class. Class meets for two hours each week.


Students in the Environmental Clinic work to improve environmental quality and protect the public health of low-income communities in Texas. The Clinic’s projects include cases in federal and state courts and permitting and rulemaking proceedings before administrative agencies.

Recent past projects have included: Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act citizen suits, administrative permit challenges, adverse comments on an Environmental Impact Statement for a new highway through a low-income neighborhood.

Clinic students work with a partner, in consultation with the professor, to provide pro bono legal services to our clients, who are primarily low-income individuals and local community groups. The Clinic hopes to increase students’ understanding of administrative law practice and substantive environmental law and to enhance their written, oral, research, and professionalism skills.

The Clinic is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must complete and document approximately fifteen hours of clinical work per week during the semester, in addition to class meetings and preparation time. The clinic class will meet for approximately two hours per week. In addition, case rounds will be scheduled for one hour per week. There is no prerequisite for the Clinic.

To apply for the Clinic, students should select the Clinic during early registration, fill out a short application, and submit a resume. The deadline for submitting applications and for early registration is March 28, 2014. Please submit the clinic application and a résumé to Mauricio Pajon by email at mpajon@law.utexas.edu or in person in CCJ 1.304. For additional information regarding the clinic, please contact: Kelly Haragan (kharagan@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-2654).