Areas of Focus

Environmental Law

Our cutting-edge curriculum and elite faculty position students to make a lasting difference in addressing environmental challenges on the local, national and global levels.

UCLA Law is home to the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, a national leader in scholarship and advocacy and home to top professors who are on the legal front lines. These scholars teach the ins and outs of environmental law, provide students with invaluable mentorship and offer them a substantial boost into impactful careers as drivers of law and policy at all levels of government.

Students at UCLA Law can choose to complete a specialization in environmental law or participate in a wide array of cutting-edge courses and experiential programs. These include the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and the California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic, where students work directly with state lawmakers to address specific problems confronting the environment.

Through the Emmett Institute, students travel to high-level meetings in California and a variety of overseas destinations where they confer with experts in the field. Students also write and edit the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, complete externships at organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council and collaborate on campus-wide symposia and initiatives to confront one of the biggest challenges of our time.

Centers of Excellence
Centers of Excellence

Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The Emmett Institute trains future leaders and develops solutions to the climate crisis and environmental justice challenges.

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