Certificate in Environmental Law

Students in their second and third year may elect to specialize in environmental law, earning a Certificate in Environmental Law.  Students who have met the certificate requirements by the time of graduation will have this distinction noted on their transcripts and receive a certificate.

This certificate program is designed to recognize students who commit themselves to this fascinating and challenging area of study. But it is also intended to leave room to take other important core courses. We strongly believe that one must first be a good lawyer before one can become an effective environmental lawyer.


Students must complete the following courses, totaling 13 hours:

Course Hours
LAW L858 Environmental Law 3 hrs.
LAW L835 Natural Resources Law or LAW L836 Land Use Law
3 hrs.

Seven additional hours from the courses listed below:

  • LAW L844 Administrative Law
  • LAW L905 Advanced Legal Writing (with approval of program chair)
  • LAW L900 Clinical Externship (with approval of program chair)
  • LAW L834 Environmental Justice Seminar (This seminar also satisfies the Law & Poverty requirement)
  • LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar
    (May take more than one; seminar topics include: Animal Law, Brownfields,
    Redevelopment, Clean Air Act, Coastal Management, Energy Law,
    International Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, etc.)
  • LAW L837 Land Use Law
  • LAW L898 Legal Research (with approval of program chair)
  • LAW L847 Legislation
  • LAW L838 Mineral Law
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law
  • LAW L929 Selected Topics in International Environmental Law
7 hrs.

Writing Requirement

Students must complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning environmental law. They may fulfill this requirement in conjunction with an environmental course listed above, as part of LAW L898 Legal Research, LAW L905 Advanced Legal Writing, or through one of the College of Law's journal offerings. This paper must be written for a grade and must be advised or co-advised by one of the designated environmental faculty. Advance approval of the topic is required.

Grade Point Average

Students must complete the certificate requirements with a combined grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and with no individual grade below C.


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