Environmental Law LL.M.
"Great classes, and great faculty who really care about your future. Every class I took, every discussion I had was meaningful, and after a year at Georgetown, I really feel like a different person. Proud to be part of the Georgetown community!"
Joojin Kim, Environmental Law LL.M. '15 with distinction
Recipient of Thomas Bradbury Chetwood S.J. Prize
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. The program provides unparalleled opportunities for current attorneys to bolster their expertise and credentials and for graduating students to deepen their understanding of —and engagement with —challenging legal and policy issues.Part-time students can take up to two years to complete the program.
Georgetown Law is recognized as one of the leading schools in the United States and internationally for environmental law. Students selected for the Environmental Law LL.M. will have the opportunity to work closely with Georgetown Law faculty and to further strengthen their understanding of this broad and vibrant field.
Environmental Law at Georgetown
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.
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 unrivaled educational experience. Georgetown Law also 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.
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.