About UCLA Law's Environmental Programs
UCLA School of Law is a leader in teaching, research and public service on important environmental law and policy issues.
UCLA Law's environmental programs include:
UCLA Law Core Environmental Faculty
The faculty's cutting-edge research
on governance and regulation in international, federal, and local
environmental policy has been widely praised throughout the legal
UCLA School of Law offers a diverse curriculum
aimed at providing law students a basic grounding in environmental law
and related subjects, as well as opportunities to explore more advanced
topics through seminars and clinical courses.
Students at UCLA School of Law have the opportunity to get involved in environmental research and advocacy through programs such as the Environmental Law Journal, Environmental Law Society, environmental internships, and the School of Law's Externship Program.
Recent News and Events
Film Screening | Rock the Boat
April 15, 2013 | 7:00 pm (screening starts at 7:30 pm) | UCLA James Bridges Theater,
When satirical writer and
avid kayaker George Wolfe organizes a boating expedition down the entire 52
miles of the notorious Los Angeles River, he and his motley crew become
entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions. Join the Environmental Law Center and Institute on the Environment and Sustainability for a screening of
Rock the Boat, followed by a discussion with director Thea Mercouffer, kayaker
George Wolfe, and a panel of Los Angeles River advocates and experts. Free admission. RSVP here.
Workshop| Full REDD+ Program and Jurisdictional Linkage
April 5, 2013 | 9:15 am - 5:30 pm | UCLA School of Law
This all-day symposium will explore the potential benefits and
challenges of linking programs in foreign jurisdictions directed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) to
California’s cap-and-trade program as sources of offsets. View the full agenda. Using the
recently released REDD Offset Working Group draft recommendations on
this topic as a springboard, the program will include speakers from
government, academia, the NGO community, and foreign subnational
governments. It will focus, in particular, on regulatory design
elements and the legal and institutional mechanisms that would be
required to enable California to recognize emissions reductions from
jurisdictional REDD programs as offsets under California’s cap-and-trade
program. Soliciting public feedback on the REDD Offset Working Group draft report will be a primary aim of the symposium. Register here.
Nov. 2, 2012 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
transit in California and the nation—including the shuttles, buses, and
passenger rail that serve our communities—has been battered by
recession and dwindling public sector budgets. At the same time,
ridership in many areas has spiked. This conference highlighted the
challenges facing transit and explore solutions to overcome them and
develop a world-class transit system. Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer
of the Los Angeles Metro, was the keynote speaker. This conference can be viewed here.
environmental law centers at Berkeley and UCLA Schools of
Law present a Capitol Hill discussion on policies necessary for
long-term, mass adoption of electric vehicle technologies. The briefing
included a panel
discussion with electric vehicle experts and industry representatives on
critical policy options for boosting electric vehicle deployment. The
event coincided with the release of a policy report "Electric
Drive by '25" from Berkeley and UCLA Law as part of the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative. The video of this event is available here.
March 9, 2012, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCLA Schools of Law hosted a
convening at UC Berkeley on Senate Bill 226 (Simitian), California’s
2011 law to streamline environmental review for eligible infill projects
under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This report provides a brief overview of SB 226 and its implementation and a summary of the March 9, 2012 discussion.