NREL Externships

Summer Externship Program

Students in the Waters of the West Program or who have declared a Natural Resource and Environmental Law Emphasis or who are pursuing one of the concurrent degree programs have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer externship program. Students work full-time for eight weeks at placements in Boise, Idaho, with the United States Attorney, the Idaho Attorney General, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the Idaho Department of Water Resources, or private and nonprofit law firms working on conservation and/or environmental law projects. Students attend a weekly seminar taught by practitioners working in the environmental law field from the placement organizations. Students earn up to five classroom course credits and/or pro bono hours by participating in this summer program. 2012 will be the fourth summer this program has been available to College of Law Students. Externship coordinator Katie Ball organizes the summer placements. Clive Strong, Chief of the Natural Resources Division of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, has organized the classroom component of the externship program for each of its four years, providing students with outstanding real world experiences.

Economic Development Clinic

Students in the Economic Development Clinic advise Idaho counties, cities, tribes, and non-governmental agencies with economic development-related issues typically arising in questions of land use law, administrative law, state and local government law, and environmental law. This Clinic is a transactional and administrative practice located at the Boise campus.