J.D. students are required to complete five courses with a grade of B- or better in each course to complete the program, fulfilling both Requirements A and B of the specialization. Students must also complete a supervised research paper relevant to environmental law that meets the Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) Requirement, as described further below. Each student in the environmental specialization develops an individualized curriculum plan to fulfill these requirements in consultation with a faculty advisor. The full requirements, as approved by the faculty, are available here.
- Requirement A is that a student complete (1) Environmental Law(Law 290) and (2) either Administrative Law (Law 216) or Legislation & Regulation (Law 321).
- Requirement B is that a student take at least three other courses from a list of all courses with content in environmental, natural resources, land use, and energy law, and international or comparative environmental law. The list of courses (including seminars and clinics) that currently satisfy Requirement B is below. One-unit courses count as only half a course for this purpose.
- SAW requirement: Students must complete a supervised research paper relevant to environmental law that meets the Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) Requirement. All students electing the specialization will consult with and obtain approval of the designated faculty advisor in advance of completing this requirement. This paper may be completed for a seminar course (including a course being used to fulfill Requirement B), or may be a standalone independent study paper. Coursework need not be complete before the student meets the environmental law writing requirement.
Students may petition the Environmental Law Specialization Committee to have other relevant courses or independent studies counted toward the specialization.
Externships relating to environmental law may count as satisfying one course towards fulfilling Requirement B. A student wishing to use an externship as a qualifying course must receive the prior consent of the designated faculty advisor. Consent will require a demonstration that the externship will provide exposure to relevant substantive areas of law. Regardless of the number of externships or externship units a student completes, a student may use externships to count, at most, as one course towards Requirement B.