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Environmental and Natural Resources Law


We provide one of the most extensive year-round environmental and natural resources curriculum in the United States. This wide array of classes gives our students flexibility in choosing their courses and the potential for careful focus in areas of special interest. We strive for balance between environmental and natural resources topics and between courses and small-group seminars. If the courses offered do not address your interests, you can design an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Below is a list of courses and seminars we offer each year or every other year. These classes are available to J.D. and LL.M. students (except as noted). Each summer we also offer several special intensive environmental courses.

“Courses” generally survey a substantive area of law.  “Seminars” are limited to 20 or fewer students and allow for in-depth discussion and study of specialized issues.  Seminars generally use a research paper or writing projects as the method of evaluation.

Core Courses:

Environmental Law

Administrative Law

Specialized Courses:

Animal Law

Clean Water Act*

Climate Change

Earthrise Law Center

Energy Law

Environmental Enforcement*

Environmental Justice Law and Theory

Environmental Litigation

Forest Law & Policy

Hazardous Waste Law

Individual Research & Tutorial Experiences

International Environmental Law

Land Use Planning

Mining & Mineral Law**

Natural Resources Law

Native American Natural Resources Law**

Northwest Energy Law*

Ocean & Coastal Law*

Oil & Gas Law**

Public Lands & Resources Law

Toxic Torts*

Trade & the Environment*

Water Law

Wildlife Law


Animal Law Seminar

Clean Air Act Seminar*

Cultural Resources Protection*

Environmental Justice Seminar

Environmental Law Advanced Topics

Environmental Liability Insurance Seminar*

Environmental Negotiation and Mediation Seminar*

Environmental Practice Seminar: Business Transactions*

Graduate Environmental Seminar (LL.M. students only)

Land Use Seminar

Law, Science & Environment Seminar

Natural Resources Law & Policy Seminar**

Pacific Salmon Law Seminar**

Public Trust Seminar*

Renewable Energy Law and Policy

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Seminar*

Sustainability in Law and Business Seminar*

Water Law and Policy Seminar 

*every other year offering; **periodic offering

Co-Curricular and Practical Skills Offerings


Animal Law Clinic

Earthrise Law Center

International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Internships (part-time work with a local placement):

Clinical Internship Seminar:  Animal Law Legislation

Clinical Internship Seminar: Environmental & Natural Resources Law

Clinical Internship Seminar: Environmental Prosecution

Clinical Internship Seminar:  Environmental Justice & Civil Rights

Clinical Internship Seminar: Western Resources Legal Center

Externships (full-time work for one semester with a placement anywhere in the U.S. or world):

Externship (Environmental) (J.D. students only)

Law Reviews:

Environmental Law Review (J.D. students only)

Animal Law

Moot Experiences:

Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition

Moot Court: Environmental and Animal Law (J.D. students only)


Environmental Summer School

We also offer a variety of environmental and natural resources classes, including core classes, during the summer. For an example of our summer offerings, see Environmental Summer School

Environmental and Natural Resources Law

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