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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy 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.

Curriculum Guide

Core Courses:

Environmental Law

Administrative Law

Specialized Courses:

Animal Law

Clean Water Act*

Climate Change

Earthrise Law Center

Energy Law

Environmental and Animal Law Advocacy (JD only)

Environmental Enforcement*

Environmental Litigation

Forest Law & Policy

Hazardous Waste Law

Individual Research & Tutorial Experiences

International Environmental Law

Land Use Planning

Natural Resources Law

Native American Natural Resources Law**

Northwest Energy Law*

Ocean & Coastal Law*

Oil & Gas Law**

Public Lands & Resources Law

Student Directed Reading Group (Env. Topics)

Toxic Torts*

Water Law

Wildlife Law


Cultural Resources Protection*

Environmental Law Advanced Topics

Environmental Negotiation and Mediation Seminar*

Environmental Practice Seminar: Business Transactions*

Graduate Environmental Seminar (LL.M. students only)

Land Use Seminar

Law of Columbia River Seminar

Law, Science & Environment Seminar

Natural Resources Law & Policy Seminar**

Public Trust Seminar*

Renewable Energy Law and Policy

Renewable Energy Project Finance Seminar

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Seminar*

Sustainability in Law and Business Seminar*

*every other year offering; **periodic offering

Co-Curricular and Practical Skills Offerings


Earthrise Law Center

International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Legal Practicum (part-time work with a local placement):

Legal Practicum: Environmental & Natural Resources Law

Legal Practicum: Environmental Prosecution

Legal Practicum:  Environmental Justice & Civil Rights

Legal Practicum: Western Resources Legal Center

Externships (full or part 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)

Moot Experiences:

Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition (J.D. students only)

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


Environmental Summer School

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