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A Brief Fact Sheet for Students and Prospective Students

The Florida State Law's nationally ranked Environmental, Energy and Land Use program offers students numerous opportunities to learn and grow professionally inside and outside the classroom. In addition to a wide variety of environmental, energy and land use courses, these include:

  1. Certificate Program — The law school offers a Certificate in Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law. Students may select from a large variety of environmental, energy and land use law courses to meet the requirements for a Certificate. Please see the Certificate Program page for more information.

  2. The Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law — Students are invited to join the Journal at the end of their first year if they have one of the top two grades in their legal writing and research course. Students also can become members of the Journal through a write-on competition at the beginning of each semester. Please see the Journal's page for more information.

  3. Environmental Law Society — The ELS is a student-run organization that sponsors environmental events around the law school and on main campus, as well as recreational activities for members. For current information, please see the ELS section of the Web site.

  4. Environmental Moot Court — The law school's Environmental Moot Court team participates in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition in White Plains, N.Y. For more information, contact Professor Nat Stern. Click here for a list of past and present Environmental Moot Court members.

  5. Scholarships — Each year, Florida State Law awards a variety of scholarships for students interested in environmental law. These include the Goldstein Scholarship (available to exceptional incoming students), the Gunster Environmental Law Scholarship and the Beverly McLear Scholarship, among many others. Applications are available from the Office of Student Affairs (room A310). See Student Affairs for more information.

  6. Externships — The College of Law's externship program enables students to receive academic credit while working with a government agency or a public interest group. Each year, the law school holds a luncheon for students interested in environmental externships to meet with lawyers from several of the offices that host externs. Click here for a full list of Externship Providers.

  7. Student Essay Competitions — Each year, there are a wide range of student essay competitions on environmental and land use law topics. Lori Wingfield, Program Associate of the Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law Program, maintains a list of these competitions and periodically sends competition notices to students interested in environmental law. Examples include competitions sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Environmental and Land Use Section (ELULS) of The Florida Bar, and law schools around the country. We encourage our students to participate in these competitions. The 2011 winners of the ELULS competition, Jon Harris Maurer and Xiaolin (Layne) Zhao, both recent law school graduates and were the first recipients of the Wade L. Hopping Memorial Scholarship.

  8. Environmental Enrichment Events — Each semester, the law school invites experts to participate in an Environmental Forum held at the College of Law. Each Forum provides an opportunity for the discussion of a current topic in environmental law. The law school also hosts a Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Law each semester. This lecture series features leading environmental and land use scholars from around the world.

  9. Environmental Alumni Group — The College of Law has established an Environmental Alumni Group in order to serve its alumni, and strengthen ties between alumni and current students. We currently have 672 alumni in the Group. The College of Law has established a listserv to facilitate easy communications with its alumni. We regularly post job openings, and notices for upcoming law school events.

    Perhaps of greatest interest to current students, the College of Law has worked with its Environmental Alumni Group to create a Mentoring Directory. A significant number of College of Law alumni have generously volunteered to talk with current Florida State College of Law students about the practice of environmental and land use law. These alumni practice in different parts of the country and are involved in a wide variety of legal practices involving land use and/or environmental law. Just as the job postings are intended to aid our alumni who may be interested in exploring new opportunities, the Mentoring Directory is intended to assist current students in their career search efforts.

  10. Outreach and Updates on the Environmental, Energy and Land Use Program — The College of Law provides regular updates on its activities in the environmental, energy and land use arena. Our Environmental Brochure provides a detailed review of our program. We also publish an Environmental Newsletter on a semi-annual basis. In addition, we publish four articles per year in the State Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter.
We hope this Fact Sheet provides interested students and prospective students with an overview of some of the opportunities available through the Environmental, Energy and Land Use program at Florida State College of Law. Please contact Whitney Weimar, Program Associate of the Florida State College of Law Environmental, Energy and Land Use Program, or check our Web site if you have questions or would like additional information.