Land Use & Sustainable Development

The Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic (LUSD Clinic) provides legal services to local governments, landowners and non-profit organizations to develop land conservation strategies and practices. The LUSD Clinic providesWVU law students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of land use law and policy. As a transactional and policy-based clinic, students develop research, drafting, negotiation and client counseling skills. Under the guidance of experienced attorneys and other land use professionals, students contribute to land and water conservation efforts throughout the state.

The LUSD Clinic aims to:

1. Identify and conserve sensitive land;
2. Support local land use decision makers;
3. Address wastewater issues; and 
4. Provide educational/practice-ready opportunities for law students.

Students work to conserve land

Students and attorneys worked with 32 local governments and non-profit clients to conserve land and develop land use planning documents. They worked on 30 land transactions aimed at protecting several thousand acres. This effort included title examinations, contract drafting, and drafting of title opinions and negotiations. The land conserved includes working farms, open space areas and ecologically sensitive riparian areas. 

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