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Georgetown Law Creates LL.M. Degree Program in Environmental Law

February 24, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce that it has established an LL.M. degree program in environmental law.

“Georgetown Law has been a leader in environmental law for decades, with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field among our faculty,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “The environmental LL.M. is a welcome and exciting addition to our graduate degree offerings.”

The first class of students in the one-year advanced degree program will be admitted for fall semester 2014. They will be required to complete 24 credit hours, as well as an externship or practicum within the field of environmental law. Georgetown J.D. candidates will also be able to obtain the LL.M. with the completion of 12 additional credit hours.

Assistant Dean Vicki Arroyo will administer the new degree as Director of Georgetown Law’s Environmental Program. Seven members of Georgetown Law’s faculty, as well as more than a dozen adjunct professors specialize in environmental law. They teach more than two dozen courses and seminars, two clinical programs, and four practicums pertaining to the field.

Georgetown also hosts the Georgetown Climate Center, a leading voice in advancing effective climate, energy and transportation policies in the United States, which has integrated urgent legal and policy issues into the experience of Georgetown Law students. 

The school offers a wide array of extra-curricular opportunities to engage in environmental legal and policy issues. One such opportunity is the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the first international journal in this area of the law. And Georgetown Law’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C. offers unparalleled access to experiential learning and networking in environmental law.

“We believe that we have the faculty, curriculum, programs, location, and alumni base to create the best Environmental LL.M. program in the world. Our goal is to create a small, elite program that will prepare students for contemporary law and policy positions in Washington and around the globe,” said Professor and Associate Dean Peter Byrne.

Georgetown offers other LL.M. degrees in general studies, global health, global health law and international institutions, international business and economic law, international legal studies, national security law, securities and financial regulation, and taxation. It also offers an individualized study LL.M.


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