JD/MES in Environmental Studies

University of Pennsylvania

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Joint Degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


The aim of the JD/Masters in Environmental Studies program is to train leaders who can blend the professional concerns of law and environmental studies. Graduates acquire valuable tools for understanding the interplay between environmental issues and the law at the local, state, national, and international levels. Students in this program are prepared to assume positions of leadership in environmental law and policymaking in both the public and private sector.

Students can earn both degrees in four years (in certain instances, a student who can take summer courses may be able to complete the program in three years). Penn Law gives credit for four non-law courses taken in Environmental Studies toward the JD degree. Students must complete twelve courses to get the MES; three approved law courses can count towards the 12 course requirement, thus reducing the number of non-law courses the joint degree student takes at LPS to nine (9).

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