Environmental Law LL.M.
The Environmental Law LL.M. degree is a one-year advanced degree program, created to give students the opportunity to engage in deeper study and to gain experience working in environmental law. Students selected for the Environmental LL.M. will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty at Georgetown Law, and to further strengthen their understanding of this broad and vibrant field.
Georgetown Law has been one of the leading schools in the United States and internationally for environmental law for many years. The depth and breadth of expertise of our distinguished faculty and their relationships with leading government officials and stakeholders, the range of available courses and experiential opportunities, and the visibility and vitality of the Georgetown Climate Center offer an unparalleled educational experience. Georgetown Law has the leading international environmental law journal, the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, which publishes four issues a year and holds biennial symposia. The law school's expertise is bolstered by its position in Washington, D.C., in close proximity to institutions actively engaged in environmental law and policymaking – Congress, the White House and federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of Interior, the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court, and many environmental advocacy groups and law firms.
Georgetown Law offers a broad range of courses covering topics such as environmental law, natural resources law, land use, international environmental law, renewable energy law, food law, historic preservation law, and advanced environmental law: the law of global climate change which offers student a practicum experience, working with real-world clients through the work of the Georgetown Climate Center. LL.M. students also will take an overview course, Environmental Lawyering, which will expose them to sophisticated environmental lawyers and the skills that distinguish them. Through the Climate Center and other venues, Georgetown affords our students and recent graduates remarkable access to policymakers at every level of government and the private sector as they work to address some of the most vexing issues of our time. Recent graduates have gone to work at the White House, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and at leading firms and environmental NGOs.
The Environmental LL.M. provides opportunities for current attorneys to bolster their expertise and credentials and for current students to deepen their understanding of – and engagement with—these issues.
U.S. trained LL.M. students will be required to complete 24 credit hours, of which at least 18 would need to be among the courses recognized as integral to or affiliated with the environmental field. Foreign-trained LL.M. students must complete a minimum of 20 academic credits -- including U.S. Legal Discourse I (one credit) in the fall semester -- and 14 credits in courses recognized as integral to or affiliated with the environmental field.
Students also will be expected to successfully complete an externship or practicum within the field, or for a foreign-trained LL.M. in an exceptional case, to complete a very substantial scholarly tutorial paper of at least 3 credits for publication.