About the Environmental Law
and Policy Program

The Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program (GELPP) provides unmatched expertise and opportunities for students to excel in the vibrant fields of environmental, natural resources, land use, energy and food law. 

Students can pursue a J.D. degree or, beginning in fall 2014, a one-year specialized LL.M. degree in environmental law. Georgetown J.D. candidates can also obtain the LL.M. by completing 12 additional credit hours.

Expert faculty of the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program bring critical legal knowledge and real-world experience to the classroom to prepare each student for a successful career in environmental law and policy. As scholars and practitioners, Georgetown environmental law professors have tried cases, developed policies, and authored influential books and articles involving the most important environmental laws and policies in the United States and internationally. As a national leader in environmental law, our extensive curriculum engages students in today’s most urgent and challenging issues. 

The Law Center is also closely involved with the Georgetown Environment Initiative, a university-wide effort that brings together leading researchers and academics, students, and university partners to advance our understanding of and responses to complex environmental issues.

Outside of the classroom, the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program provides a wide variety of student opportunities for building practical skills and professional networks. These opportunities include:

Also based at Georgetown Law, the Georgetown Climate Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders to advance effective climate change, energy, and transportation policy. The Center seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation. The Center performs a vital role in policy development by: 

  • Connecting states and federal policymakers;

  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and assisting with program design;

  • Sharing best practices and success stories with state and federal policymakers;

  • Providing accessible tools, such as the Adaptation Clearinghouse and State Energy Analysis Tool

  • Serving as a resource to all states in addressing climate change and clean energy.

Situated in the heart of Washington's legal and policy action, the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program gives students the ideal mix of experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Upon graduation, our students are well prepared for relevant and rewarding employment in the exciting fields of environmental and energy law and policy.

Environmental law students enjoy the view during a hike near campus.