Monday, July 23, 2018

UCLA creates new certificate program in environmental law

Through a combination of coursework and clinics, UCLA law students can now graduate with a speciality certificate in environmental law. The UCLA Newsroom blog has more details:

UCLA School of Law offers new specialization in environmental law

Students pursuing environmental law at UCLA benefit from clinical programs and scholarships


aw students at UCLA are now able to receive a specialization in environmental law, a recognition upon graduation that they have completed a rigorous course of study in a broad range of subjects related to environmental law and policy.


“This new specialization formalizes what has already been a robust and extensive training program for future lawyers seeking to work on environmental issues,” said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA Law’s Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice. “Students here have always had access to our stellar faculty, courses and guidance, and the specialization offers formal acknowledgement of their commitment to training in environmental law.”


To earn the certificate, students must complete five courses in environmental law and produce a supervised research paper. Externships and clinical courses count toward the certificate. Students who fulfill the requirements receive notations on their diplomas and transcripts reflecting that they completed the specialization.


UCLA Law’s environmental programs have grown dramatically in the last decade. In 2008, UCLA Law launched the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, now the country’s leading law center on environmental issues including climate change policy, federal regulation, state policy, urban sustainability, chemical safety, land use, climate engineering and more.


Students pursuing environmental law at UCLA also benefit from clinical programs, scholarships and opportunities for student leadership. 

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