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Environmental Law LL.M. Curriculum

The LL.M. with Concentration in Environmental Law requires students from the U.S. and other countries to complete 24 semester credit hours. U.S. students attending full-time can generally complete the LL.M. program in one academic year (two semesters), but those attending part-time will take longer to finish all requirements.

Students from the U.S. are required to take Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Natural Resources Law, if they have not already taken these in their J.D. or LL.B. programs. In addition, these students must take an experiential offering and complete a Capstone* project.

International students are required to take Introduction to U.S. Law and Environmental Law. We recommend Administrative Law, but do not require it, for international students. These students also have an experiential and a Capstone* requirement.

For the remaining credits necessary for the degree, students may choose from Loyola’s array of course offerings, including up to 15 credits from any combination of both environmental and non-environmental classes, (note: non- environmental courses are capped at 6 credits that count toward the degree).

 

Required Core Courses (12-15 credits total)

U.S. Students

  • 9 credits of these requirements, count toward both a JD and LL.M., if a student is enrolled in the joint degree program at Loyola

  • Administrative Law (3 credits) 
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)

  • Experiential requirement - Environmental Law and Policy Lab, May Term Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys, Environmental Litigation OR an externship or work experience equivalent with approval on a case-by-case basis

  • *Capstone project - (3 credits) - this can be added onto ANY environmental law or natural resources law course

Foreign Students

  • Introduction to U.S. Law (2 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Experiential requirement -  Environmental Law and Policy Lab, May Term Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys, Environmental Litigation OR an externship or work experience equivalent with approval on a case-by-case basis

  • *Capstone project - (3 credits) - this can be added onto ANY environmental law or natural resources law course

Elective Courses: (choose 3 or 4)Environment and Law (9-12 credits total)

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Admiralty Seminar: Marine Pollution (3 credits)
  • Climate Change Law (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Policy (Florida Keys) (3 credits)
  • Construction & Sustainability Seminar (2 credits) 
  • Disaster and Policy Law (2 credits)
  • Energy Law and Policy (2 or 3 credits)
  • Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (3 credits)
  • Energy and the Environment in International Law (2 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (May Term) (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law Seminar (2 credits) (may take more than one)
  • Environmental Justice (3 credits)
  • Environmental Litigation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) 
  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law (3 credits) 
  • Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions (3 credits)
  • Land Use Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)
  • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
  • Oil and Gas Law (3 credits)
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste (2 credits)
  • Toxic Torts (2 or 3 credits)

Elective Courses: Other (non-environmental law classes) (up to 6 credits total) 

  • Remaining course offerings, including those at main campus, with instructor approval and graduate level work added.

Please note: not all courses are offered every semester. For more information, please contact Marianne Cufone