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The Penn Environmental Law Project engages Penn Law students through student-run pro bono and for-credit research projects to actively address unmet needs of environmental preservation and justice locally, regionally, nationally and internationally through support for legislative advocacy, community lawyering and policy research. The ELP also challenges its members to create their own environmental network in order increase their job prospects and the variety of projects available to other Penn Law students.

Project Goals

  • Offer opportunity for Penn Law students to develop research, writing and client advocacy skills. Expose students to a diversity of strategic frameworks for addressing environmental problems, including social justice, human rights, public health and market-based approaches.
  • Develop interdisciplinary relationships within the University of Pennsylvania among disciplines addressing environmental issues and use those relationships to strengthen technical and legal support to boost capacity of environmental organizations.
  • Provide incoming students with pro-bono project opportunities and develop a for-credit component in partnership with a faculty advisor.