Master of Laws: Master of Laws in Environmental Law

This 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 through placements at local environmental organizations and governmental agencies.


The LLM in Environmental Law program provides opportunities to work with attorneys in the field. The 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, nonprofit organizations, and private law firms. Through the Externship Program, students have worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, California Attorney Generals Office, the California Public Utilities Commission, Earthjustice, and Communities for a Better Environment, among others.


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.


Students must take at least two (2) of the three (3) core courses listed below:
  • Environmental Law & Policy (3 units)
  • California Environmental and Natural Resources Law (3 units)
  • Toxics and Brownfield Law (3 units)


  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Animal & Wildlife Law
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Energy & Climate Law
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic
  • Environmental Law & Justice Seminar
  • Externship: Environmental Law
  • LLM Thesis
  • Public International Law
  • Urban Environmental and Land Use Law
  • Water Law


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