Environmental Law (JD)

University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted: May 17, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Law & Legal Studies
Program Type: Master's Degree


The Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to take a broad range of courses in the environmental and energy field and to engage in cutting-edge research and writing. It also offers the chance to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment, to obtain vital practical experience, and to connect with the dynamic and cutting edge Bay Area environmental law community. In 2018, the environmental law program was ranked third overall by US News and World Reports and was the highest ranking environmental law program of the top 10 law schools.

In addition to its curricular offerings, the Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary research with faculty and staff through the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). CLEE works to develop smart, practical solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges including climate change, renewable energy, sustainable water, and healthy oceans.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on legal experience through the Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). ELC has three main goals: making students creative and effective environmental lawyers, making an environmental difference, and addressing the environmental legal needs of underserved communities.

Students can also participate in Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ), the nation’s leading environmental law journal. Students may become members, and eventually editors, of this pre-eminent student-run journal, writing articles and editing works submitted by leaders in the field.

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