J.D./LL.M. in Environmental Law

The J.D./LL.M. joint degree in environmental and energy law is a competitive and rigorous program for students seeking more in-depth study of and significant real-world experience working in the vibrant field of environmental law.

This J.D./LL.M. joint degree program permits students who are still completing their J.D. degree to take environmental law courses that will count both toward the J.D. degree and also toward an LL.M. degree in Environmental and Energy Law. Students must apply for admission to the program at the end of their 2L/3E year.

During the J.D. phase, students complete 12 credits, nine of which must be in qualifying Environmental and Energy Law credits. After receiving their J.D. degree, joint degree students complete an additional 12 academic credits necessary to fulfill the Environmental and Energy Law LL.M. degree requirements. Nine of these credits must be qualifying Environmental and Energy Law credits, including:

  • Environmental Law, if not completed for the J.D. degree;
  • The Environmental Lawyering LL.M. seminar; and
  • An externship or practicum within the field, approved by the Director of the Environmental and Energy Law LL.M. Program.

Students may complete these additional credits on a full-time or part-time basis. Joint degree students are expected to complete their LL.M. credits within two years of receiving their J.D. degree.

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.