The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic Experience

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (IEC) functions as a pro bono law practice handling environmental and community health cases. The IEC represents non-profits groups, communities, and individuals who are pursuing legal action to protect the environment and community health but who cannot afford the legal representation and scientific expertise this requires. IEC students engage in litigation and advocacy as part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes students from the schools of law, engineering, arts and sciences, public health, medicine, and occasionally business and architecture. Law students develop their lawyering skills acting as the student attorneys in their cases and through extensive interaction with experienced IEC faculty, and non-law students serve as student consultants. 
 
IEC cases tackle some of the most challenging and important water, air, waste, climate change, and environmental justice problems in the region. In addition, students learn about public interest law, as most clients are non-profit organizations and under- represented communities. The IEC works in Missouri and Illinois, and on some cases of national scope. 
 
Click here to read about some of the Clinic’s recent work. 
 
Two environmental attorneys, an environmental engineer, and environmental scientist teach in the IEC. Click here for more information about our Clinic faculty.