The Environmental Law Centre Society collaborates with the University of Victoria Faculty of Law to operate the Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The ELC Clinic is Canada’s first hands-on academic program in public interest environmental law and it attracts Canada’s best aspiring public interest environmental lawyers.

Operating under the supervision of senior environmental lawyers, clinic students provide legal assistance to community organizations, conservation groups and First Nations. The ELC produces citizen handbooks and other public legal education materials, and advocates on a wide range of environmental law reform issues.

Past ELC clients include:

  • BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Coal Watch Comox Valley
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Ecojustice
  • Environmental Mining Council
  • Georgia Strait Alliance
  • Heiltsuk First Nation
  • Hupacasath First Nation
  • Kwakiutl Territorial Fisheries Commission
  • Labour Environmental Alliance Society
  • Natural Resources Defence Council
  • Okanagan Nation
  • Peace Environment and Safety Trustees Society
  • Raincoast Conservation Society
  • Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
  • Rivers Without Borders
  • Sierra Club of British Columbia
  • T. Buck Suzuki Foundation
  • Tsay Keh Dene First Nation
  • T’sou-ke First Nation
  • Victoria Natural History Society
  • West Coast Environmental Law Association
  • Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Current Course Options

  • Law 353 (ELC Regular Clinic)

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