An Exp3n siei- Array of Academic
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Academic opportunities: The program offers more
than 19 courses in environmental and land use law,
and the opportunity to register for up to 6 credit
hours in other university colleges (including political
science, wildlife ecology, urban and regional planning,
environmental engineering, and others). Law students
may also pursue joint degree programs that enable
them to earn a Master's or Ph.D. degree along with
their law degree in a reduced amount of time.
Clinical opportunities: Through the innovative
Conservation Clinic, law and graduate students work
in interdisciplinary teams for real-world local, state,
and international clients. In recent semesters, clinic
students have drafted state legislation addressing
coastal erosion; local ordinances for wetlands
protection, green building, historic preservation, and
waterway management; and international petitions
under the World Heritage Convention to protect
natural and cultural patrimony in Costa Rica and
Research opportunities: The Center for
Governmental Responsibility-housed at the law
school-is the state's oldest legal and public policy
research institute. The center provides students with a
A Respected Community of Environmental and Land Use Scholars
One of the largest full-tiine en% ironmental faculties: The program enlovs the participation of 13 full-time environmental
and land u~c la% professor, including b members of the tcnureditenure-track faculty a cynical skill' piotelsonr and i legal
expert~ from the Center for Governmental Rc-ponibilirv at the la\, school. all in partnership \wih a team of talented
A commitment to scholarship: The program facultv ha
published la% re leMe articles in primary iournals at Alabama.
Arizona. Buffalo. California, Cornell. Fordham. Hariard.
Indiana Iowa. Oklhoma. Oregon, and Washington & Lee.
and in en ironmental journals at Berkeley, Columbia. Duke.
Harvard. Tulane. and Yale, among others. They have also
authored, contributed to, and edited leading books and trearsiis.
\ commitment to ~tudent.: The taculr take, pride in its
acc.sibilir to students. Revond the traditional roles of proftsor
and mentor. faculty[ members routinely sponsor environmental
receptions and dinners at their homes, and accompany studemsn
on kayaking, backpacking. and other expeditions and feld trips.
unique opportunity to conduct research with staff attorneys
on issues of state, national, and international importance.
Externship opportunities: Students complete externships at
international, federal, state, and non-profit agencies. Recent
placements include: Interamerican Institute for Human
Rights, Center for International Environmental Law,
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, U.S. Department
of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida
County Attorneys (in numerous counties), Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of
Transportation, The Nature Conservancy, and The Ocean
Leadership opportunities-the Public Interest
Environmental Conference: Now in its 14th year, the Public
Interest Environmental Conference is an entirely student-
run annual conference, involving some 50 speakers and a
budget of approximately $25,000. Speakers at the 2006
conference-which drew hundreds of highly respected
environmental experts from across the nation and a
keynote audience of 1,700-included Robert Kennedy,
Jr., Richard Louv (author of Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder),
and Philippe Cousteau (grandson of undersea explorer
Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau). Florida students
also hosted the 2006 NAELS Conference (National
Association of Environmental Law Societies).
Costa Rica Environmental Law Study Abroad: The
law school offers one of the oldest and most respected
environmental law study abroad programs sponsored
by a U.S institution. Through a joint program with
the University of Costa Rica, law students have the
opportunity for summer study with their Latin American
counterparts. Instruction extends beyond the classroom,
including an educational field trip to the Tortuguero
Research Station, home to the Western Hemisphere's
largest nesting population of endangered Green Sea
A prestigious law school
at a premier research university
The program: Environmental and land use law
at Florida is a vibrant and growing program that
has gained a national reputation. Even among the
country's top environmental programs (as recognized
by U.S. News & World Report), UF Law is one of only
a handful that enjoys the benefits of both a first-tier
law school and a major research university.
The university: Founded in 1853, the University of
Florida is a member of the Association of American
Universities, which includes the nation's top 56 public
and private comprehensive research universities. The
university is sited on 2,000 lush, subtropical acres.
The certificate-more than a J.D.: Although the
program is open to all law students, some elect
to graduate with a certificate demonstrating their
expertise in environmental and land use law. These
students complete a rigorous course of study,
including 8 credit hours beyond those required
for the J.D. degree. Employers seek out this select
group of students, reporting that their academic and
practical training is "unparalleled."
The graduates: Graduates of the Environmental
and Land Use Law Program find employment with
leading private law firms; with state and federal
agencies; and with national and international non-
profit agencies. Recent placements include the U.S.
Department of Justice (Environment & Natural
Resources Division), U.S. Environmental Protection
Ag,, ...' U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service, and Earthjustice International.
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