Environmental & Energy Law LLM

Interim Director: L. Harmon-Walker

Faculty Advisers: R. Glicksman, E. Hammond, R. Pierce; Senior Advisor for Energy Law D. Attanasio


Programs of study are offered in Environmental Law and in three specialized fields—Energy and Environmental Law, Government Procurement and Environmental Law, and International Environmental Law. Course requirements for each field are provided below.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.* For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include completion of Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), and Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442).

U.S. law school graduates may not enroll in Environmental Law (6430). For U.S. law school graduates this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of a research paper or research papers. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a 2-credit course.

For non-U.S. law school graduates, this curriculum requirement must include completion of one of the following courses: Law 6432, 6434, or 6442. Non-U.S. law school graduates may enroll in Environmental Law (6430) unless the student has previously completed a survey course in U.S. Environmental Law and non-U.S. law school graduates also must complete one research paper, as part of a 2-credit course graded on the basis of a research paper, or complete Thesis (6690-91). Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. Graduates from non-U.S. law schools must achieve a passing grade for their research paper.

For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.

Courses

  • Land Use Law (6332)
  • Regulated Industries (6406)
  • Animal Law Seminar (6424)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Wildlife and Ecosystems Law (6431)
  • Air Pollution Control (6432)
  • Water Pollution Control (6434)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Coastal, Navigation, and Wetlands Resource Law (6437)
  • Energy Law and Regulation (6438)
  • Energy Law Seminar (6441)**
  • Natural Resources Law (6440)
  • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • Oil and Gas Law (6443)
  • Regulation of Toxic Substances Risk (6444)
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts (6449)
  • Federal Facilities Environmental Law Issues (6450)
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions (6452)
  • International Environmental Law (6454)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • Sustainable Communities Law and Policy Seminar (6457)
  • Environmental Negotiations (6458)
  • Atomic Energy Law (6459)
  • Selected Topics in Environmental Law (6461)**
  • Environmental Crimes (6464)
  • Environmental Law Seminar (6466)**
  • Graduate Environmental Placement (6468)
  • Environmental Lawyering (6469)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Project Finance Law (6545)
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) (Environmental Law topic)

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.

**For 2020-2021 Environmental Law Seminar may include Food and Agriculture. Energy Law Seminar may include Electric and Natural Gas Regulation. Selected Topics in Environmental Law may include US Electric Industry in Transition and Global and Comparative Environmental Law Policy.

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A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required,* including completion of: (1) one of the following courses: Energy Law and Regulation (6438), Oil and Gas Law (6443) or Atomic Energy Law (6459); (2) one of the following courses: Environmental Law (6430) unless the student has previously completed a survey course in U.S. environmental law, Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), or Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442); and (3) the written work requirement. For the written work requirement, U.S. law school graduates are required to complete 4 credits graded on the basis of a Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a 2-credit course. For the written work requirement, non-U.S. law school graduates are required to complete at least 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690- 91). Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length. U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+, and graduates from non-U.S. law schools must achieve a passing grade for their research paper. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.

Courses

  • Regulated Industries (6406)
  • Air Pollution Control (6432)
  • Water Pollution Control (6434)
  • Energy Law and Regulation (6438)
  • Energy Law Seminar (6441)**
  • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • Oil and Gas Law (6443)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • Environmental Negotiations (6458)
  • Atomic Energy Law (6459)
  • Selected Topics in Environmental Law (6461)**
  • International Project Finance (6545)
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) (Energy Law topic)

*Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 16 credits required in the field.

** For 2020-2021 Energy Law Seminar may include Electric and Natural Gas Regulation. Selected Topics in Environmental Law may include US Electric Industry in Transition and Global and Comparative Environmental Law Policy.

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A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required. For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of a research paper or research papers. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length. U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+ and graduates from non-U.S. law schools must achieve a passing grade for their research paper. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91), and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis. Students must take the Government Contracts Overview course in their first semester.

Courses

  • Air Pollution Control (6432)
  • Water Pollution Control (6434)
  • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)
  • Government Contracts Overview (6518)
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) (Procurement and Environmental Law topic)

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A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required,* including completion of: (1) Environmental Law (6430) unless the student has previously completed a survey course in U.S. environmental law; (2) one of the following three courses: Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), or Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442); (3) either International Business Transactions (6522) or International Organizations (6530); and (4) the written work requirement. For the written work requirement, U.S. law school graduates are required to complete 4 credits graded on the basis of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For the written work requirement, non-U.S. law school graduates are required to complete at least 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91). Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length. U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+ and graduates from non-U.S. law schools must achieve a passing grade for their research paper. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.

Courses

  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Air Pollution Control (6432)
  • Water Pollution Control (6434)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • International Environmental Law (6454)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • Selected Topics in Environmental Law (6461)†
  • Environmental Law Seminar (6466)†
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • or International Organizations (6530)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) (International Environmental Law topic)

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.

† Approval of program director required. The seminar or practicum project must be related to international environmental law.

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 16-credit Environmental and Energy curriculum requirement.

  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Administrative Law (6400)
  • Food and Drug Law (6408)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Genetics and the Law (6616)
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (6676)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)

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