University of Pittsburgh
Term: Spring Term 2013-14 (2144)
Catalog Number: 5883
Class Number: 21166
Room: LAW 118, SENSQ 5201.
Class Schedule:
  • M, TH 2:00 pm -3:50 pm
  • Instructor:
    Type: Clinic
    Credits: 6.0 Credits (4.0 classroom contact, 2.0 field)
    Catalog Requirements: "W" Writing, Professional Skills.
    Enrollment Limit: 14.
    Priority: 3rd Year Priority when offered in the Fall, 2nd Year Priority when offered in the Spring

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5883

    Additional Info

    The Clinic requires a substantial time commitment that will include attendance at and participation in a two-hour weekly seminar, a weekly half hour individual meeting with the Supervising Attorney, a weekly two-hour group case review meeting, and one hour per week spent on answering the main telephone for the Clinical Program offices. In addition, students are expected to work on Clinic assignments an average of 10 hours per week depending on case needs. Some cases may involve travel to client offices, governmental offices, or site visits.

    Prior to registration, students MUST either schedule a meeting with the instructor or attend the Pre-registration Clinic Informational Meeting.

    The Environmental Law Clinic is a two semester clinic.  Students will receive a grade at the conclusion of each semester.  However, in the event that a student does not complete the second semester, the students shall receive a W for the course, which will nullify the grade for the prior semester.


    This course will be graded with a letter grade based on student’s ability to work effectively with clients, development and implementation of the theory of the client to accomplish client goals, reflective skills development, the quality of oral and written advocacy, participation in class and group sessions, professionalism, collaborative skills development, and general competence and diligence in handling client and classroom work.

    Prerequisites and Recommended Courses


    Students who would like to enroll in this Clinic must attend one of the mandatory pre-registration clinic informational meetings held each semester. The dates for these meetings are published in advance in the E-docket.  Students must sign in at the mandatory meeting in order to verify their attendance. If a student who has not attended one of the mandatory meetings (either this semester or the immediately preceding semester) registers for this Clinic, that student will be automatically dropped from the class by the Registrar. A dropped student may attempt to re-register after meeting with the appropriate faculty member; however, there is no guarantee that there will be space in the clinic to allow re-enrollment.

    Second semester returning students in two-semester clinics will register after the “registration appointment period” concludes. That is, such students will register only during "open enrollment." The Registrar will provide such students with course permission numbers prior to the start of open enrollment to allow them to re-enroll.

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