University of Pittsburgh

Environmental and Energy Law Programs

The School of Law is currently in the process of transitioning its longstanding Environmental Law, Science & Policy Certificate Program into a new Energy & Environmental Law Area of Concentration:

Students who were admitted with the Class of 2016 or earlier classes can choose either to pursue the Certificate or the Area of Concentration. Whichever choice a student makes, the student must register for, and complete the requirements of, the chosen program in order to have completion of that program reflected on their transcripts.

Students who are admitted with the Class of 2017 or later classes may only enroll in the Area of Concentration.

Using the links to the right, students can navigate to descriptions of each of these programs, including their differing sets of requirements. For students admitted with the Class of 2016 or earlier classes, we have also included below a useful table comparing the requirements of the two programs to aid them in choosing between the programs. As indicated in the table, the Area of Concentration will require a minimum of 12 credits while the Certificate Program requires a minimum of 19 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Foundational Courses (1 course required)

Required courses (9 credits)

Environmental Law & Practice (4 credits)

Energy Law & Regulation (3 credits)

 

Environmental Law & Practice (4 credits)

Administrative Law (3 credits)

Environmental Policy & Politics (2 credits)

Elective Courses (5-6 credits required)

Electives (4-6 credits)

Administrative Law (3 credits)

Oil & Gas Law (3 credits)

The Law of Shale Gas Regulation (1 credit)

Environmental Policy & Politics (2 credits)

Climate Change and the Law (2 credits)

Land Use (2 credits)

Scientific Evidence (2 credits)

Expert Witnesses (2 credits)

Toxic Torts (2 credits)

Environmental Litigation (2 credits)

Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law (1 credit)

Climate Change & The Law (2 credits)

Environmental Litigation (2 credits)

Insurance Law (3 credits)

Land Use Planning (2 credits)

Legislation (3 credits)

Bankruptcy (3 credits)

Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations (2 credits)

Toxic Torts (2 credits)

Oil and Gas Law (3 credits)

Semester in D.C. (13 credits)

Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law (1 credit)

National Environmental Moot Court Competition (1 credit)

Non-law courses approved by the Director on a case-by-case basis

Skills Component (4-6 credits required)

Writing Requirement (2 credits)

Environmental Law Clinic (6 credits)

Environmental Moot Court Competition (1 credit)

Energy Law Moot Court Competition (1 credit)

Environmental Litigation (2 credits)

Externship in the area of Environmental Law (4 credits)

Students must fulfill the School’s Upper Level Writing Requirement by writing on an environmental law topic.

 

Environmental Practice (4-8 credits)

 

Environmental Law Clinic (6 credits)

Externship in the area of Environmental Law (4 credits)

Semester in D.C. Program (13 credits)

 

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