Environmental and Energy Law J.D. Certificate

Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Posted: June 14, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Law & Legal Studies
Program Type: Graduate Certificate/Diploma


Environmental and energy issues permeate more and more areas of law amidst a profound transformation over the past 50 years in attitudes regarding the planet and its life support systems. Increasingly, air, soil and water resources drive economic and public health issues, while public and private sectors focusing more attention on planning for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy.

IIT Chicago-Kent has been in the forefront of training legal professionals to deal with these critical, rapidly emerging issues. The law school has been recognized as a leader in the field, having established one of the first specialization programs in environmental and energy law in the mid-1980s.

The Program in Environmental and Energy Law allows J.D. students to gain in-depth knowledge of this important area of practice. The program provides not only a firm grounding in the core legal principles of environmental law but also an understanding of the underlying scientific, economic and ethical concepts that inform environmental and energy policy.