Environmental & Natural Resources Law Graduate Certificate

The certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Law is designed for students preparing to become environmental or natural resource lawyers or leaders.

The course of study will also benefit students whose future work concerns property law, real estate development or transactions, corporate acquisitions, land use, energy policy or regulation, urban planning, transportation, agriculture, public health, and/or occupational safety, as well as those students interested more generally in public policy, public interest advocacy, or government at the state, local, national, or international level.

A Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law will be awarded to enrolled JD candidates who complete at least 6 approved courses totaling at least 15 credit hours in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and closely-related subjects while maintaining a 3.2 cumulative GPA in all required core and upper level courses applied toward the Certificate. The 6 approved courses include three required core courses (Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Administrative Law), at least two upper level courses from the list below, and one capstone writing, practical, or skills course.

Required Core Courses:

Environmental Law (3 cr.)
Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)
Administrative Law (3-4 cr.)

Upper Level Courses (Must take at least two of the following):

Agricultural Law and the Environment (2 cr.)
Animals and the Law (2 cr.)
Energy Law Policy (2 cr.)
Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (2 cr.)
Environmental Justice (3 cr.)
International Environmental Law (3 cr.)
Land Use (2 or 3 cr.)
Law of Hazardous Waste Regulation (2 cr.)
Public Utilities Regulation Seminar (2 cr.)
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law (2 or 3 cr.)
Water Law (2 of 3 cr.)
Special Topics in Environmental Law (2 cr.)

Capstone (Must take at least one writing or experiential courses with an environmental or natural resource topic. Topic must be approved by ENR faculty to qualify for Concentration):

(AFR) Advanced Field Research (1-3 cr.)
ACrE (Advanced Course Related Experience) (1-2 cr.)
Environmental Advocacy Externship (1-2 cr.)
Supervised Research in Environmental Law (1-2 cr.)
National Environmental Moot Court (1 cr.)
Law Review Note (1 cr.)
Law and State GovÂ’ernment Externship Placement [w/ environmental or natural resource agency] (2 cr.)
Civil Practice Clinic [environmental matters] (2 cr.)


*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her ENR Law GPA.