Earn Your Master's Degree in Environmental Law
Passionate about environmental policy but not sure that you want to be a lawyer? Earn your Master of Environmental Law (MENV) in as little as one year from the Loyola College of Law. This program will prepare you for rewarding roles in environmental sustainability, compliance, and natural resource management. As environmental challenges in the Gulf and around the globe continue to rise, you have the potential to make a lasting impact on your community in industries and agencies that have never been more relevant. No GRE or LSAT required to apply! Get started by emailing our admissions team today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loyola’s MENV degree requires completion of 30 semester credit hours and a thesis paper of publishable quality. The thesis requirement may be completed as part of an environmental course or by taking Legal Research.
Fall – August 1
Our hybrid format allows you to complete your required courses entirely in-person or through a mix of online and on-campus instruction to fit your schedule.
Environmental law is an umbrella for many different areas of expertise — from clean air and water, to land use, natural resource management, and urban planning, and you can focus your education and future career on the areas that spark your interest. You'll prepare for jobs at government agencies, small and large businesses, and nonprofits, or you can apply your skills and creativity to start your own business. Examples of specific roles include:
- Policy analysis and research
- Environmental education and advocacy
- Regulatory and legislative design
- Environmental project management
- Technical assistance to government agencies for planning and strategy
- Regulatory compliance and enforcement
- Independent and political consulting
What Makes Loyola Law Right for You?
Get the support you need to take your next step.
Take a mix of online and on-ground courses.
Graduate in just one year, or spread out your studies over up to three years.
No LSAT or GRE required to apply to the program.
Make the Gulf Region Your Classroom
As part of the Master of Environmental Law program, you’ll connect your studies to real issues facing the Gulf region in Louisiana. Through experiential opportunities, policy lab work, and independent research study, you will gain a deep understanding of environmental law as it applies to current events and industry trends.
Build real-world skills through hands-on skills classes, internships and externships, and one-on-one projects with Loyola faculty.
Engage with community leaders, attorneys, faculty, and peers at the Center for Environmental Law and find inspiration for an independent study research project based on your interests.
Take non-law elective courses like Environmental Ethics, Mississippi River Delta Ecology, or Sociology of Disaster — among others — and gain a broad knowledge of the scientific and social factors that inform environmental policy decisions.
Meet the Program Director
When you choose Loyola Law for your graduate experience, you'll gain access to faculty with real environmental advocacy and legal experience. Program Director Marianne Cufone is an experienced advocate who has helped write and pass many significant federal, state, and local environmental policies. Learn more about her career and schedule a meeting to discuss how the program can help you reach your goals.
Stay Competitive in a Growing Industry
A degree with name recognition. A program built for job security.
Increase in environmental scientist and specialist roles by 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ranked Environmental Law program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
Rating by preLaw Magazine for practical training
Start Your Application
We can't wait for you to join us! Here's what you need:
- Completed program application
- A short personal statement explaining your interest in the program
- A university transcript from your undergraduate institution
- One letter of recommendation, which may be emailed directly to email@example.com (no letters of recommendation are required for Loyola graduates)
Every applicant is automatically considered for scholarship awards. No LSAT or GRE score required to apply. While you're waiting to hear back, please complete your FAFSA.
Build Your Curriculum Around Your Interests
Our graduate programs are flexible to fit your career goals. Explore the full listing of required and elective courses to start imagining your potential.
Students are required to take the following courses:
- Administrative Law (3 credits)
- Introduction to U.S. Law (2 credits)
- Environmental Law (3 credits)
- Environmental Law and Policy Lab or skills-based alternative with approval of program chair (3 credits)
Students must complete a total of 15-18 credit hours of law-related electives:
- Admiralty Seminar: Marine Pollution (3 credits)
- Coastal Law in the Florida Keys (3 credits)
- Construction Industry and Sustainability Seminar (2 credits)
- Disaster and Policy Law (2 credits)
- Energy Law and Policy (2 or 3 credits)
- Energy and the Environment in International Law (2 credits)
- Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits)
- Environmental Law Seminar (2 credits) (may take more than one)
- Environmental Justice (2 credits)
- Environmental Litigation: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
- Hot Topics in Environmental Law (3 credits)
- Independent Study: Research and Writing (1-3 credits)
- Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions (3 credits)
- Land Use Law (2 or 3 credits) Law and the Climate Crisis (3 credits)
- Legal Research (1, 2, or 3 credits)
- Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)
- Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
- Oil and Gas Law (3 credits)
- Risk and the Administrative State (3 credits)
- Toxic Torts (2 or 3 credits)
Students can complete up to 3 credit hours of non-law electives:
- Christianity and the Environment (3 credits)
- Conservation Biology (3 credits)
- Environmental Communication (3 credits)*
- Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
- Environmental Philosophy (3 credits)
- Environmental Sociology (3 credits)
- Global Environmental Crisis (3 credits)
- Human Ecology (3 credits)
- Literature and Environment (3 credits)
- Mississippi River Delta Ecology (3 credits)
- Spirituality of Nature Writers (3 credits)
- Technology, Nature, and the West (3 credits)
- Marine Biology and Conservation (3 credits)
- Sociology of Disaster (3 credits)
- World Religions and Ecology (3 credits)
One year can change everything.