LL.M. in Environmental Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: January; August
  • Tuition Fee: $42,000.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 2 years
  • Specialization: Environmental and Energy Law


This program blends academic study, writing, and practical skills training with a broad range of environmental law courses. Students work closely with faculty and practicing attorneys to research, investigate, and prepare publishable papers on leading environmental issues.


Students may also gain practical experience by participating in the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic and through placements at local environmental organizations and governmental agencies.



The LLM in Environmental Law program provides opportunities to work with attorneys in the field. The Environmental Law and Justice Clinic allows students to work with full-time attorneys in an award-winning setting on important cases addressing environmental justice. The Externship in Environmental Law Programallows students to work in the field with supervising attorneys at governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private law firms. Through the Externship Program, students have worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, California Attorney General's Office, the California Public Utilities Commission, Earthjustice, and Communities for a Better Environment, among others.



To earn the LLM in Environmental Law degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered both during the day as well as in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within four years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.


Required & Recommended Courses


Recommended for foreign-educated law graduates:

  • Introduction to US Legal Studies (3 units)
  • Graduate Legal Writing and Research (2 units)


Required for everyone -- students must take at least two of the three core courses listed below:

  • Environmental Law & Policy (3 units)
  • California Environmental and Natural Resources Law (3 units)
  • Toxics and Brownfield Law (3 units)


Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Animal & Wildlife Law
  • Directed/ Independent Study
  • Energy and Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic
  • Environmental Law & Justice Seminar
  • Externship: Environmental Law
  • Public International Law
  • Urban Environmental and Land Use Law
  • Water Law