Environmental Law Specialization

UCLA Law's environmental specialization formalizes a robust program of study and training for J.D. students.

The specialization is integrated into UCLA Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the country's leading center on climate and other environmental law issues. The Emmett Institute conducts research, provides insightful analysis on cutting-edge environmental law and policy issues, and trains the next generation of environmental leaders. Our graduates have gone on to positions at state and federal regulatory and enforcement agencies, major and local nonprofit advocacy groups, and leading law firms.

In addition to an array of doctrinal environmental law courses, students in the specialization can represent nonprofit advocacy groups and government agencies in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, enroll in several practical and simulation courses, and serve as externs with leading nonprofits and government agencies. Students in the specialization benefit from robust faculty advising, with each student developing an individualized curriculum package. 

Students completing the specialization create a demonstrated record of study and experience in environmental law and prepare for careers with public-interest organizations, government agencies, and private law firms. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are awarded a diploma notation at graduation.

The Environmental Law Specialization Committee, including the Emmett Institute's co-executive directors and other environmental law faculty, administers the program.