Maurer School of Law Spring 2018 interns

Conservation Law Clinic

3 credits. This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Conservation Law Clinic is an opportunity for second and third year law students to serve as interns at Conservation Law Center and work on actual matters for clients who need assistance with natural resource conservation issues.

McKinney Law School Spring 2018 interns

The Clinic's clients include a variety of non-profit conservation organizations as well as governmental bodies. Clinic matters have included work on protecting the Great Lakes; drafting conservation easements, and developing new legal protections for migration.


  • Work on actual client matters

  • Learn about current conservation and natural resource issues, law, and policy

  • Gain experience working with and advocating for clients

  • Gain skills essential to the practice of law in the public service tradition

  • One-on-one and small team meetings with the Clinic's staff attorneys to review progress with clients, cases, and matters

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Permission of the clinic director is required for enrollment. Preference will be given to students who have completed half of the required course work toward a degree or joint degree. Meets professional skills requirement.

To apply, please send a statement of interest and a copy of your resume to Christian Freitag at prior to registration.


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Clinic Interns, Past to Present

The Conservation Law Center was terrific insight into a career in environmental law. Through the clinic, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, ranging from legal analysis to hands-on research at the Brown County Recorder’s Office. For me, this practical work experience was what really made my law school education relevant to my future career.
— Katie Meehan '13, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO
The Conservation Law Clinic was by far the best course I took in law school. It challenged me not just to think like a lawyer, but to research, write, and strategize like one. CLC presented me with opportunities to moot Endangered Species Act cases, address cutting edge Clean Water Act issues, and help build the legal foundation for Administrative Procedures Act and National Environmental Policy Act claims. I walked away from CLC with experience practicing environmental law that I set the stage for my current environmental practice, and my only regret is that I couldn’t participate for more than four semesters!
— Matt Castelli '15, Holland and Hart LLP, Denver, CO
Thank you for the AMAZING experience at the CLC these past 2 years. Without a doubt the clinic has contributed the most to my skills as a practicing lawyer. 
— Becky Boyle, '16, Denver, CO
I really think projects I worked on at the Conservation Law Clinic contributed to both landing an interview and then a job offer. I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to work there.
— Tara Paul '15, Nossaman LLP, Los Angeles, CA
I think I’ll forever be striving to act with the same integrity and thoughtfulness that Jeff and Bill bring to their work and their lives. Jeff took the time to give me insightful comments on my writing and how it could be improved. Bill was always looking to let us take the lead, as he always had me take the lead on calls with clients while being there for support. Interning at the Conservation Law Clinic was an invaluable experience. Best thing I did in law school by far.
— Scott Breen '14, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC