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by Vault Law Editors | April 13, 2024


Clean tech attorneys advise companies on project development, energy regulations, project finance, and other areas that relate to the renewable energy industry. Read Q&As from attorneys at top-ranked firms on the Vault Law Resource Center for Clean Tech & Renewable Energy to learn more about the kinds of cases clean tech attorneys encounter, what a “typical day” is like in this practice, and more. Those attorneys also share recommended classes to take during law school, valuable skills and experiences to gain before graduating law school, and potential career paths for clean tech attorneys, which we’ve listed out below.

Recommended Classes

  • Corporations
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Patent Law
  • Transactional Clinic
  • Tax

Valuable Skills & Experiences

  • Clear, concise writing
  • Organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Drafting skills
  • Corporate financing experience
  • Negotiation skills

Career Paths

  • Law firm practice (BigLaw or specialty)
  • In-house at a private equity or venture capital fund focused on the renewable energy sector
  • In-house at a renewable-energy focused company or traditional energy company

For more firms with clean tech practices, check out the Clean Tech & Renewable Energy Resource Center and Vault’s top-ranked firms for clean tech/renewable energy.