Environmental Law, Science & Policy Program
What characterizes the practice of environmental law? Since the 1970s, federal and state legislatures and administrative agencies have worked to create a vast network of complicated legal mechanisms to protect and improve environmental quality. In terms of subject matter coverage, environmental law encompasses numerous and diverse areas of concern: protection of air and water quality; clean-up of hazardous waste sites; and protection of biodiversity, to name only a few of the general areas, each of which is subdivided into numerous subspecialties. Regardless of the area of interest, an environmental lawyer must be a master of interdisciplinary research and argument, routinely moving between the worlds of law, science, and public policy.
Students enrolled in the certificate program will not only learn environmental law as it exists in statutes, regulations, and cases, but also will be involved in its practical application whether that takes the form of litigating and negotiating cases in courts or administrative tribunals, participating in federal and state rulemaking efforts, drafting agreements, or working in the numerous other contexts which constitute the practice of environmental law and policymaking. Upon graduation, certificate students will be prepared to pursue a variety of career paths including private practice, work as a governmental attorney at the local, state or federal level, a staff position with a non-profit environmental advocacy group or research institution, or become part of a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm.