For Students

"The [LUSD Clinic] is going to give aspiring attorneys – students – a chance to work on conservation issues where before they might not have had much exposure to it.” — Brent Bailey, Executive Director, West Virginia Land Trust (The State Journal, Nov. 21, 2012).

The LUSD Law Clinic is a 14-credit course offered over the course of the fall and spring semesters to select second- and third-year law students. Students are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week for 15 weeks per semester. Student clinicians work directly with LUSD Law Clinic faculty, clients and partners. Students attend and participate in client interviews, negotiations, and public meetings.

Students also engage in a biweekly 90-minute classroom seminar, led by faculty and guest speakers. In this seminar, the students are introduced to the substantive law and policy pertaining to land use, water conservation and protection, land use planning, and sustainable development principles so as to effectively undertake the day-to-day work in the LUSD Law Clinic.

Students receive academic credit based upon their satisfactory completion of both casework and the classroom components of the course.

Students are selected for the program based on academic achievement, relevant work experience, and research and writing skills. Additionally, students must demonstrate a sincere interest in land use and natural resources issues. Satisfactory completion of courses in Property Law, Land Use Law, Administrative Law, and Professional Responsibility are preferred but not required. Application requirements and deadlines are announced during the middle of the spring semester.

“It is a great opportunity to work with experienced faculty and fellow classmates on real-world projects. – Liz Grant, Student Clinician, Fall 2012”

What is some of the work you’re doing with the clinic?

"The Land Use Clinic gives students an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. I have worked with local governments to develop comprehensive land use plans. The comprehensive land use plan lays the foundation for the community’s long-term vision, and the plan drives future zoning ordinances and land use regulations. In addition, my teammate and I have met with clients who desire to pursue a conservation easement to protect their land from future development. After the intake meeting, the conservation easement process entails a detailed title search−my property professor would be proud!"