degree programs: Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law

The program blends academic study, writing, and practical skills training with a broad range of environmental law courses. Students work closely with faculty and practicing attorneys in researching, investigating, and preparing publishable papers on leading environmental issues.

Students may also gain practical experience by participating in the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic and placements at local environmental organizations and governmental agencies.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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The program provides students opportunities to work with attorneys in the field. GGU's Environmental Law and Justice Clinic allows students to work with full-time attorneys in an award-winning setting on important cases addressing environmental justice. The Externship in Environmental Law Program allows students to work in the field with supervising attorneys at governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private law firms. Through the Externship Program, students have worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Attorney General's Office, the California Public Utilities Commission, Earthjustice, and Communities for a Better Environment, among others.

CURRICULUM

To earn the LLM in Environmental Law degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered during the day as well as during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within four years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.


Required Courses - 6 units

Students must take at least two (2) of the four (4) core courses listed below
  • Environmental Law & Policy (3 units)
  • International Environmental Law Seminar (3 units)
  • Public Natural Resources & Land Law (3 units)
  • Toxics Law & Policy (3 units)


Elective Courses - 18 units

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research: eSearch
  • Animal & Wildlife Law
  • California Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • Cities and Environmental Law
  • Directed Study
  • Energy & Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic
  • Environmental Law & Justice Seminar
  • Externship: Environmental Law
  • Global Warming & Renewable Energy
  • Global Warming & the Courts
  • International Trade & Environmental Protection
  • Land Use Regulation
  • LLM Thesis
  • Ocean & Coastal Law
  • Water Law