Clinical Program for Law Students

Clean Wisconsin offers law students from any law school the opportunity to learn about and practice environmental law. Our clinical program is open to UW-Madison students as a semester-long for-credit externship or to students from any law school as a full-time volunteer summer internship. Most summer interns receive funding through public interest grants available from their law schools.
Students participating in the clinical program learn valuable practice skills and apply their coursework in administrative law, natural resources law, energy law, political science, and many other areas. Students work side by side with Clean Wisconsin’s in-house attorneys to analyze legislative proposals, participate in administrative proceedings, draft discovery, motions, testimony, and briefs, and participate in hearings. Students are responsible for legal research, writing and drafting memos. Clean Wisconsin aims to provide law students with “hands-on” experience that will prepare them for real world environmental law practice.
Semester externs may register for either a 3- to 7-credit externship. Students earn one credit per 45 hours of work completed. Law students work 40 hours per week during the summer, which provides the opportunity to explore a variety of environmental law topics and practice areas in depth.
If you are interested in applying for the clinical program, please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to staff attorney Elizabeth Wheeler. Applications are due by:
  • Fall externship: August 1
  • Spring externship: December 1
  • Summer program: February 1
UW-Madison and Marquette students who are interested in applying for the summer internship should participate in the Public Interest Interview Program sponsored by those two schools. More information is available here