The Environmental Law Program offers students an extensive network of opportunities. Prospective students can visit ELP courses and attend program events throughout the year. Current students can receive a variety of awards and grants, participate in the Environmental Law Society, plug into community outreach activities, join the program’s two moot court teams, and travel with ELP’s support to local and national conferences.
First-year, visitor, and transfer students are welcome to attend the annual fall information meeting that ELP holds to orient students to the program. In the spring of the first year of law school, students may apply for a variety of summer fellowships and take advantage of ELP’s career services counseling. During the summer, students may enroll in selected environmental law courses, usually taught by distinguished practitioners and visiting faculty.
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 an Environmental Law Certificate. To date, over 120 students have earned this specialized Certificate, which demonstrates to potential employers the depth and breadth of the student’s training and commitment to the field.
Second-year students typically begin their study of environmental law and pursuit of the Certificate by taking the gateway Environmental Law course in the fall and the Administrative Law course in the spring. Second- and third-year students may also take any of the advanced and supplemental environmental law courses in furtherance of their individual course and certificate goals. Students enrolled in the part-time program may also pursue the certificate and take environmental law courses; they should contact the ELP director to carefully plan their schedule.
LLM students are welcome to take environmental law courses and may obtain a Specialization in Environmental Law by taking Environmental Law and three other ELP courses during their year of study.
All students are invited to join the Environmental Law Society, sign up on Ning for the ELP and ELS groups, and participate in ELP events such as the colloquia series throughout the year.