Global Environmental and Resources Law Externship Program

TitleGlobal Environmental and Resources Law Externship Program
Faculty/College/UnitAllard School of Law
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

The UBC Faculty of Law is launching an innovative Global Environmental and Resources Law Externship Program (GERLEP), the first in Canada, for students in the JD degree. It is an intensive, one semester program offering students practical experience working on “live” environmental and natural resources law projects. Each year, ten students would be selected for two-month externship placements in businesses, environmental groups, Aboriginal First Nations, and government agencies in Vancouver, in other parts of Canada, and abroad. Unlike regular law courses, GERLEP focuses on practical learning outcomes that prioritize real world experience and community engagement. Further, the two weeks of daily classroom sessions are a vital adjunct to the program, enabling students to draw parallels and lessons from each other's externship experiences, in a collaborative approach to learning. Overall, GERLEP will inculcate in the students a passion for environmental issues, and train a new generation of environmental law leaders.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2013/2014
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorBenjamin Richardson
Year 1: Funded Amount14,850
Year 1: Team Members

Benjamin J. Richardson, Faculty of Law