About the Clinic
The Land Use Clinic provides innovative legal tools and strategies
to help preserve land, water and scenic beauty while promoting
creation of communities responsive to human and environmental
The clinic provides tools and research assistance
to help local governments, state agencies, and non-profit
organizations develop quality land use and growth management
policies and practices. The clinic also gives UGA law
students an opportunity to develop practical skills and provides
them with knowledge of land use law and policy.
Work of the Clinic
The Land Use Clinic promotes the use of growth
management tools in Georgia, drafting model legislation to protect
greenspace, control stormwater and other water pollution, cluster
development away from sensitive resources, promote affordable housing
and preserve farmland and open space. The Clinic also broadens
the University’s offerings in land use law, helping us attract students
interested in the developing field of growth management, and assuring
they graduate with invaluable practical experience in the field.
The clinic also develops and diversifies existing opportunities within
the Law School’s Civil Clinic program. It provides a formal
opportunity for clinical work in transactional and administrative law,
with a heavy stress on legal and public policy issues. It is a
beneficial experience for any law student interested in land use, real
estate, local government, environmental or commercial law, or in community leadership on
state or local land use issues.
Students work in the clinic office an average of 10-15 hours per week
during a semester. The students’ learning is directly supervised by
the managing attorney. Students engage in at least one substantial piece of research and
writing as a class paper. These projects include written analysis, policy papers, educational materials, or operative
legal documents. Students also engage in traditional clinical
reflection; they submit periodic journals of their experience and have
two formal personal interviews with the managing attorney.