Second- or third-year law students interested in environmental law and policy have many courses from which to choose. For example:
- The Environmental Law course, taught by Professor Ann Carlson, covers major federal statutes such as CERCLA, NEPA, and the Clean Water Act, and exposes students to the law, policy, and politics of environmental regulation.
- Our seminar on Climate and Energy Law and Policy, taught on a rotating basis by faculty including Professors Ann Carlson, Cara Horowitz, and Sean Hecht, gives students an opportunity to explore and conduct original research on cutting-edge issues relating to our changing climate.
- The International Environmental Law course, taught by Professor Jonathan Zasloff, examines the role of lawyers and international law in resolving critical issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ozone depletion.
- Environmental Policy and Politics, Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions, and Regulatory Lawyering, taught by Professor Timothy Malloy, teach students the substantive knowledge and practical skills needed by lawyers practicing in the fields of business, real estate and environmental law, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of the relevant regulatory law and policy.
- Land Use, taught by Professor Jonathan Zasloff, examines the regulation of the urban environment, focusing on issues relevant to Southern California.
- The Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, taught by Professors Timothy Malloy, Sean Hecht, and Ann Carlson, affords students an opportunity to work on environmental cases for public and nonprofit clients. Students learn practical legal skills as they partner with clients to do important work on pressing environmental issues.
- The Public Natural Resources Law & Policy course, taught by Professor Sean Hecht, examines the laws that address the legal status and management of public lands and natural resources, as well as the history, theory and legal authority that have shaped our country's approach to public lands management.
Other environmental law courses offered at UCLA Law have included Toxic Torts, Environmental Justice Law, Land Use Planning, Directed Research in Environmental Law and Real Estate Finance, and Environmental Law: Regulation of Land Use/Mexico-U.S. Border Zone.
The law school has also arranged for our students interested in environmental law to take related classes in other academic departments. Examples of such courses are seminars in Environmental Studies (Geography Dept.); the Global Environment & Development (Geography Dept.); and Politics, Institutions and the Environment (Dept. of Urban Planning).