LL.M. in Environmental Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Spring; Fall
  • Tuition Fee: $73,730.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 2 years
  • Specialization: Environmental and Energy Law

Courses

  • Land Use Law (6332)
  • Animal Law Seminar (6424)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Wildlife and Ecosystems Law (6431)
  • Air Pollution Control (6432)
  • Water Pollution Control (6434)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Coastal, Navigation, and Wetlands Resource Law (6437)
  • Energy Law and Regulation (6438)
  • Energy and the Environment (6439)
  • Natural Resources Law (6440)
  • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • Oil and Gas Law (6443)
  • Regulation of Toxic Substances Risk (6444)
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts (6449)
  • Federal Facilities Environmental Law Issues (6450)
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions (6452)
  • International Environmental Law (6454)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • Sustainable Communities Law and Policy Seminar (6457)
  • Environmental Negotiations (6458)
  • Atomic Energy Law (6459)
  • Environment and Energy Policy Practicum (6460)
  • Environmental Crimes (6464)
  • Environmental Crimes Project (6465)
  • Environmental Law Seminar (6466)**
  • Graduate Environmental Placement (6468)
  • Environmental Lawyering (6469)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Project Finance Law (6545)
  • Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)
  • Environmental Law Clinic (6627)

 

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.
 
**For 2015–2016, Environmental Law Seminars may include Energy Commodities Trading, International Environmental Governance, Electricity Systems & The U.S. Electric System and Sustainability, and Advanced Electricity Regulation. 
 

Requirements

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.

 

For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include completion of Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), and Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442). U.S. law school graduates may not enroll inEnvironmental Law (6430) if they have previously completed similar coursework. In addition, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper that may either be in the form of a Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a 2-credit course that is graded on the basis of research paper.

 

For non-U.S. law school graduates, this curriculum requirement must include completion of one of the following courses: Law 6432, 6434, or 6442. Non-U.S. law school graduates may enroll in Environmental Law (6430). Non-U.S. law school graduates also must complete a minimum of one research paper, as part of a 2-credit course graded on the basis of a research paper, or complete Thesis (6690-91).

 

Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. Graduates from non-U.S. law schools much achieve a passing grade for their research paper. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.