July 09, 2019

August 1 Deadline for Environmental Law Masters Degree

The Masters of Law in Environmental Law for non-lawyers meets a growing demand for specialized knowledge.
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Many of today’s careers in sustainability require detailed knowledge of environmental regulation. Meeting that need is the specialized degree: Master of Studies, in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law (MSL) at Lewis & Clark Law School. Offered by the #1 environmental law program in the United States, the application deadline for entering fall 2019 is August 1, 2019.


As jobs in clean energy and sustainability continue to surge, there is a growing demand for people who work in education, government agencies, business, journalism, and the nonprofit sector to gain a better understanding of environmental law and policy.


The following MSL alums share their story:


Conservation Program Coordinator for Idaho Wildlife Federation, Garret Visser ’16: “The MSL was tailored to me and for the future I wanted to create for myself. My classes ranged from water law, public lands law, and forest policy to administrative law. My professors were passionate and willing to be there for the master’s students at any moment throughout the semester.”


Ellen Gilmer ’14 is a Legal Editor & Reporter at E&E News in Washington, D.C: “As a reporter, I spend my time talking to lawyers, reading legal filings, attending oral arguments and analyzing current issues in energy and environmental policy. My time at Lewis & Clark Law School gave me a clearer grasp of the legal questions and history behind the stories I cover. I strongly recommend it for any journalist seeking to specialize in environmental policy or legal reporting, and for professionals in other fields seeking a better understanding of the law.”


The MSL offers a wide range of specialized topics taught by experts in each field, including climate change, energy law, natural resource law, water law, wildlife law, land use planning, hazardous waste law, sustainability in business, and so much more. The MSL requires completion of 26 semester hours of credit, which can be completed in two semesters or spread over three years for students who want to continue their careers while in school. 


More information about the program and alumni are here.

Apply by August 1, 2019 to be considered for the Fall 2019 term.