Environmental Law Program

ELP Certificate & Courses

The Environmental Law Program offers a variety of gateway and advanced courses in environmental law, land use, and related subjects. Students interested in a focused course of study can earn a certificate in environmental law.

Certificate Requirements

Click link directly below to download the complete Environmental Law Certificate Checklist and Approval Form:

ELP certificate course planning checklist

Certificate candidates must complete the following substantive and procedural requirements before being awarded a Certificate upon graduation. Please consult with the ELP Director and faculty about your certificate course planning during your 2L and 3L years, and submit the completed certificate form to the ELP Director no later than 30 days before graduation. For petitions, attach any relevant documentation.

(1) CORE COURSES: Successful completion of both:

-Environmental Law (LWEV 582)

-Administrative Law (LAW 561)

(2) ADVANCED COURSES: Successful completion of a minimum of three of the following:

-Emerging Hawaii Water Issues (LWPA 582F)

-Land Use Management and Control (LAW 580)

-Legal Aspects of Water (LWEV 592)

-Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law (LWEV 592)

-International Ocean Law (LWEV 593)

-Environmental Litigation Seminar (LWEV 529)

-International Environmental Law (LWEV 528)

-Environmental Law Clinic (LAW 590E)

-Conservation Transactions (LWEV 504)

-Climate Change Law and Policy (LWEV 530)

-Environmental Compliance & Regulated Industries (LWEV 512)

-Wildlife & Natural Resources Law (LWEV 503)

Two 1-credit or one 2-credit Topics in Environmental Law (LWEV 527)

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(3) SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES: Successful completion of two of the following:

-Native Hawaiian Rights (LWPA 581)

-International Law (LWPA 581)

-Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAW 508)

-Constitutional Law II (LAW 534)

-Federal Courts (LAW 571)

-Legislative and Statutory Interpretation (LAW 590U)

-Historic Preservation Law (LAW 503)

-Business Associations (LAW 531)

-Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic (LAW 590I)

-State and Local Government Law (LAW 574)

(4) ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the above-listed Certificate Program courses (and in Second-Year Seminar, if selected for Tier 5); courses may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis unless offered only as a C/NC course.

(5) INTENSIVE AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPTIONS: Successful completion of one of the following:

-Two credit-hour approved externship (e.g. Earthjustice, Environmental Division of the State Attorney General’s Office).

-Two credit-hour directed study that produces a paper on an approved topic under the supervision of one of the environmental law faculty.

-Second-Year Seminar paper or paper accepted for publication in Hawai‘i Law Review or APLPJ, on an approved environmental law topic.

-A team member of the Law School’s Environmental Law Moot Court Team or the International Environmental Law Moot Court Team.

Other courses and graduate courses outside the Law School and from other ABA-approved schools, including study abroad, may be approved by the ELP Director to substitute for Certificate requirements. Students seeking approval of non-listed courses must petition the Director in writing no later than 60 days prior to graduation, including a justification for the request, the syllabus for the course, and the student’s grade in the course. ELP may offer occasional courses not listed above that may be pre-approved for Certificate requirements (ask the Director or instructor). Students seeking pre-approval for topics for Directed Study and SYS should consult with the Director before commencement of the course/project; students seeking approval of topics after completion of the course/project take the risk that the topic may not qualify for the Certificate.

Certificate approval must be obtained from the ELP Director no later than 30 days before graduation. The certificate will then forwarded by ELP to the Registrar for final review of the student’s academic record in the courses listed above.