23fulltimecowboys wrote:Does anyone know much about the Delaware Riverkeepers externship? Seems like Penn is a little shy on environmental law classes, no journal...
I don't know much about it but I've been to a few talks involving the Delaware Riverkeepers (the actual woman that is "the river" is crazzzzy!). I don't think its a very competetive externship to get (I think externships generally aren't too competitive because we all have SO much going on that it's hard to make time). There is also an EPA office in the city that takes externs though I don't think it is officially through the school, you just apply with the EPA. The school also has the environmental law project which does pro bono environmental work. As far as classes go, it's what you make of it. I took environmental law as a 1L and am taking natural resources law now. They have a climate change seminar next semester I think and there are a lot of regulatory classes that you can take. You also have to remember that anything that is available on campus is available to us. I think that the urban planning school (not sure what it's actually called) probably has a class or two about green planning and things like that which are really interesting (I look a grad class when I was in undergrad... not at penn).
Remember that you will have a LOT on your plate after 1L and you wouldn't have time for 10 environmental classes. You'd be lucky to make time for 2 per semester after 1L
Feel free to ask more questions here or to PM me. I have a background interest in environmental law but will probably be going into IP litigation. I do plan on checking out a few environmental cases over the summer since my firm does have an enviro practice group.