Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law

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About the Center

In 2019, CWRU School of Law received a $10 million gift to launch the Burke Center for Environmental Law. The size of this transformative gift instantly put CWRU on the map in the environmental law field.  Our location in Cleveland, on the shores of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, in a region confronting the full range of contemporary environmental challenges and opportunities, renders the Burke Center an especially important new player in this area. 

CWRU appointed Professor Jonathan H. Adler, one of the most cited authorities in Administrative and Environmental Law, to head the new Burke Center.  With the income from the endowment, the law school is expanding its environmental offerings, adding new externships, organizing impactful conferences and recruiting the next generation of environmental law leaders with our newly introduced Coleman Burke Environmental Law scholarships.

In our 3L capstone, our students may pursue semester-long, full-time externships at environmental non-profits or governmental agencies. Options range from local governments and local environmental advocacy organizations including Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, to national advocacy organizations and federal agencies, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C.

Scholarships are available for students wishing to pursue their experiential capstone outside of northeast Ohio.