Increasing Focus on Environmental Concerns Reflected in Law School's Certificate


Nearly 20 law students have so far been awarded the Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

The ENR Certificate is one part of the law school’s broader ENR Program, which is a curricular and co-curricular program designed to prepare students for practice in the private sector, government, and public interest organizations.

Earning the ENR Certificate already has played a key role in at least one IU McKinney graduate landing what she calls her dream job. Kelly Poole, ’12, returned to her native Tennessee and turned a volunteer opportunity with the Tennessee Environmental Council into a full-time position. “I feel like I've started my career out ahead of the game, and was able to accept and succeed in a non-traditional job because of the strong foundation I was able to build through the ENR graduate certificate program,” Poole said.

Students completing the concentration study legal frameworks for managing environmental and natural resource challenges facing policymakers, businesses, and the public challenges that feature in headlines and in public policy debates daily. The ENR Certificate will serve as a gateway for students wishing to work in the growing fields of environmental or natural resources law as well as those interested in future work concerning property law, real estate development and transactions, corporate acquisitions, land use, energy policy or regulation, urban planning, transportation, agriculture, conservation, public health, or occupational safety. The certificate will also benefit students interested more generally in public policy, public interest advocacy, or government at any level.

“It is difficult to imagine a more compelling issue facing our country, indeed our planet, than the question of how to protect human life and conserve vital resources even as we secure long-term prosperity,” said Professor Eric Dannenmaier, who directs the law school’s ENR Program. “Managing development in a way that balances economic growth with broader societal needs is a complex and critical task, and it is at the heart of environmental and natural resources law. The Graduate Certificate in ENR Law recognizes our school’s commitment to preparing our students to address these difficult issues. It  will provide academic grounding and analytical tools necessary to compete and lead effectively whether our graduates work at the local state, national, or international level.”


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