Environmental Justice Clinic

The Environmental Justice Clinic (EJC) is an in-house live-client clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. We educate, train, and inspire the next generation of leaders and advocates for equitable and regenerative environments.

EJC Overview

The EJC provides students with a unique opportunity to work with and represent communities of color in advancing the climate, environmental, and energy justice movements throughout South Florida. The Clinic pursues cases and campaigns that address the climate crisis, pollution, and the built environment, issues that dramatically affect communities of color and embody core components of a just transition to a regenerative economy and environment for all.

Join us on your journey toward being an extraordinary community leader and advocate.

Environmental Justice Clinic Students on the bricks courtyardAs advocates, students conduct factual investigations and research; coordinate institutional reform initiatives through litigation, legislative, and transactional strategies; collaborate with community organizations and neighborhood associations; and engage with elected officials and municipal actors; and co-counsel cases with law firms.

Through this work, students gain:

  • Core community and movement lawyering skills, such client counseling and collaboration, fact investigation, case and policy campaign strategy, researching and writing, litigation, and community organizing
  • Experience working with a variety of community partners and professionals through interdisciplinary collaboration
  • An understanding of how institutional, cultural, economic, and political forces influence our legal system and environments
  • An opportunity to explore their leadership styles and develop their professional expertise

What Our Students Are Saying

Lauryn Holliday

"This has been a great opportunity for me to integrate my love for community advocacy with my understanding of the law to foster change in my local community. Through this clinic, I have the space and opportunity to grow as a student and future lawyer."

Lauryn Holliday, Environmental Justice Clinic Intern University of Miami School of Law

John Dennis

“My experience in the Environmental Justice Clinic is challenging and rewarding. I am gaining invaluable understanding of the intersectionality of environmental law, civil rights, and public service, and the role that attorneys play in fighting for positive change within environmentally vulnerable communities.”

John Dennis, Environmental Justice Clinic Intern University of Miami School of Law

Read about all clinic interns and fellows

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This crucial work to achieve environmental justice for all is not possible without your support.

Your contribution will make a difference to communities and students right here in Miami-Dade County.

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For More Information

Please email us at  environmentaljusticeclinic@law.miami.edu or follow us on Twitter  @MiamiLawEnviro.