The clinics at NYLS give students an invaluable opportunity to develop practical legal skills while learning to advance fairness and equity in the law.

Conservation Law and Policy Clinic



Students will work on projects from The Nature Conservancy (a leading national and global conservation organization, based in Arlington, VA) as assigned through the senior vp/general counsel of TNC. These projects would cover legal and related policy issues related to TNC’s work in the public and private arenas.

The Clinic

The Conservation Law and Policy Clinic gives students the opportunity to work on projects related to policies issues in conservation and environmental law. During the clinic, students may have the opportunity to work on:

  • position papers on public conservation issues,
  • education materials for the website,
  • private conservation transactions facilitated by TNC,
  • legislative work, etc.

The students will work on some projects jointly, others alone, but we will meet as a working collaborative group to discuss each others’ work, make suggestions, provide feedback, etc. The semester will begin with readings and class meetings led by the professor to provide a common background for all participants on conservation law. Class meetings will continue throughout the year, approximately every other week.

CRES Harlan Scholars may complete this course in fulfillment of the CRES Capstone Project requirement. CRES Associates may complete this course in fulfillment of the CRES Associates Skills requirement

Links and Logistics

Professor Gerald Korngold

No Pre-Requisites

Full-year course–students must take both semesters (Fall: 1, Spring: 1)
Course Description:Conservation Law and Policy Clinic
To Apply to this Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page