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LL.M. Programs

Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law where our students come from around the globe.

Environmental Law LL.M. Cross-Border LL.M. Criminal Law LL.M. General LL.M.

Environmental law plays a major role in structuring the relationship between human beings and the world around them. Almost every kind of legal practice today touches some aspect of environmental law.

Lawyers practice environmental law in large and small private law firms, in the offices of in-house corporate counsel in trade associations, in federal, state and local government agencies, in the offices of state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, and in many non-governmental organizations. Whether future employment entails advocating the position of a public interest group, a corporate client, a government agency, or a private citizen, the Environmental Law LL.M. is designed to meet the need for knowledgeable and skillful application of legal principles and techniques to environmental and natural resource problems, including climate change. 

The Environmental Law LL.M. offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of environmental law and policy through a structured program of study and experience.

Requirements : Admission to the Environmental Law LL.M. Program requires a first degree in law.  Students must take a minimum of 24 credits to complete the Environmental Law LL.M. degree, including a minimum of three credits of experiential learning.  Courses qualifying as experiential include externships, clerkships, clinical programs and practica, as well as a variety of in-class courses. International students will additionally take a two-credit legal research and writing class and a two-credit course that introduces the United States legal system.

Environmental Law LL.M. students must complete the following:

  • An Experiential Capstone Course (3-4 credits);
  • An Approved Research Course (3-4 credits);
  • Two Environmental Law Core Courses (6 credits); and
  • One Other Environmental Law-Related Course (3 credits).

The remainder of the students’ coursework will comprise electives from the entirety of the law school’s course offerings. 

Students interested in taking the New York Bar Exam will be advised on the courses needed to satisfy the Bar’s requirements.

A list of approved courses for each of the above categories may be obtained from the Director of the Environmental Law LL.M. program.