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Environmental Law Certificate Program

Requirements

Students may pursue either a classroom track or a clinic track to satisfy requirements for the environmental law certificate.

Classroom Track

Student must take a total of 12 credit hours, with at least six (6) credit hours from the following core courses:

  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law

The remaining six (6) credit hours also may come from the above core courses or from the following elective courses:

  • Animal Law
  • Energy and Public Utility Law
  • International Law
  • International Trade
  • International Trade & the Environment
  • Land Use Planning
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Science and the Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Seminar: Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Life Science Law
  • National Resources Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Sustainable Development Law
  • Moot Court: National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Or, any other environmental course or seminar approved by Environmental Law Center director or associate director
Clinic Track

Students must take 12 credit hours as described below:

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic for eight (8) credit hours; or eight (8) credit hours of environmental externships approved by the Environmental Law Center director or associate director; or a combination of the clinic and an externship that equals at least 8 credit hours
  2. At least four (4) additional credit hours from core or elective courses listed for the classroom track
Research Paper

All certificate students must submit a scholarly research paper on a subject approved by the Environmental Law Center director or associate director; the subject must be related to environmental law and policy in one of the following: an environmental law seminar;

directed research with a faculty member of the Environmental Law Center; or paper satisfying the writing requirement of the Widener Law Review or the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

Admissions Requirement

A cumulative grade point average of 2.8 is required for admission to the certificate program.

Graduating GPA Requirement

A JD candidate must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 in the courses required by the concentration in order to earn a certificate in environmental law.

Environmental Law Links

Climate Change Law: Mitigation & Adaptation Book Companion Site

Environmental Law Center

Environmental Law Center Blog

Professor James May

Contact

If interested, please contact Jim May, professor, jrmay@widener.edu