Wayne State University

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

The Transnational Environmental Law Clinic teaches students the skills and strategies needed to affect environmental policy in all three branches of state and federal government. During classroom sessions, students learn about current environmental law and policy challenges and opportunities. In the clinical component, students participate in the lawmaking process by preparing policy papers and formal legislative testimony, commenting on rulemaking and permit decisions, and engaging in judicial review and enforcement litigation.

In all clinical matters, students work with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, and on some selected matters may be involved in formally representing other community organizations and public interest groups.

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic students have:

  • Provided legal assistance to state and national environmental organizations in stopping proposed new coal plants in Michigan.
  • Developed a new clean energy funding mechanism for local governments.
  • Drafted permit comments and testimony for community and environmental organizations.
  • Advocated to protect water quality in the Great Lakes.
  • Worked on a variety of pressing environmental justice concerns in Detroit.

Students must have completed or concurrently be taking Administrative Law (LEX 7006) and Environmental Law (LEX 7231) or obtain advance consent of the instructor prior to enrollment. An Advanced Transnational Environmental Law Clinic option is available for students who complete the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic. Interested students should contact Nick Schroeck at nschroeck@wayne.edu.

"Working with Professor Schroeck in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic offered me the opportunity to experience environmental law as something more than rules and regulations. It provided me with a deeper understanding of how the process really works, as well as greater knowledge about our actual environment and how it is being threatened."

Kenneth Cox
Third-year Wayne Law student

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