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Master of Environmental Law

Environmental Expertise. Career Clarity.

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 University New Orleans College of Law. This 30-credit program will prepare you for rewarding roles in environmental sustainability, compliance, and natural resource management. Ideal for recent graduates and working professionals, our dedicated faculty and staff will help you personalize your plan of study according to your career aspirations. Graduates can apply their knowledge across many industries, including business, politics, construction, and more. 

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. You’ll learn in the field through immersive experiences, from kayaking in the bayou, to studying the ecology and coastal erosion of the Mississippi River Delta, to spending a summer learning about endangered animals and coastal law in the Florida Keys. 

No GRE or LSAT required to apply. Get started by emailing our admissions team today at ladmit@loyno.edu.

 

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Auto/Expedited Admit Requirements

  • Auto-admit students with a 3.0 or above. This program is best suited to those in Environmental Science/Environmental Studies or an allied field.
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Career Outlook

Environmental law is an umbrella for many different areas of expertise, including clean air and water, land use, natural resource management, and urban planning. 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.

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 and beyond. 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, legislation, and industry trends. 

  • Engage with community leaders, attorneys, faculty, and peers at the Center on Environment, Land, and Law and through advocacy projects for local community organizations in the Environmental Policy Lab.
  • Get involved with panel discussions, roundtables, and field trips featuring subject matter experts on hot topic environmental issues like endangered animals, disaster response, and climate change. 
  • 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.

Career Support for Life

Through the Career Development Office, you’ll gain access to a robust alumni network, career counseling, recruiting, and resources to help you find your ideal role. We’ll help you through every step along the way.

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Meet the Program Director

For nearly 20 years, Program Director Marianne Cufone has litigated major environmental cases and helped write and pass many significant federal, state, and local environmental policies. She is also the founder of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, an organization that promotes building innovative, eco-efficient farms. Email Marianne at mcufone@loyno.edu to discuss the program and your specific career goals.

Professors Who Make an Impact

We’re proud to keep our class sizes small so you can get personalized support and build lasting connections. Meet some of the professors who will inspire your career.

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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 ladmit@loyno.edu (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.  

View the MENV Curriculum

The Master of Environmental Law curriculum is 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.

Enroll today!