LL.M. Specialization

Students may pursue graduate study in environmental law by enrolling in one of two LL.M. programs offered by the Washington College of Law. The International Legal Studies Program offers a concentration in International and Comparative Environmental Law while the Law & Government Program offers a concentration in Environmental Law and Policy. These year-long programs are designed for post-J.D. candidates who want to concentrate in environmental law.

Students in the graduate program must have received a law degree with high rank from an accredited American law school or a foreign university. Applicants with degrees from non-English-speaking countries with English proficiency, as demonstrated on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are encouraged to apply.

Students who are potentially interested in the LL.M program can get a sense of the Washington College of Law by participating in the Environmental Law Summer Session! The summer session is a four-week program that offers approximately ten week-long courses on a variety of specific environmental law topics. Participants receive a Certificate at the end of the session. Moreover, students with a law degree can choose to take the exams and receive a grade in the course and then transfer the credits towards an LL.M at WCL if they decide to enroll. For more information about the courses, visit our Summer Session website.

International Legal Studies Program - LL.M. in International Law - Concentration in International and Comparative Environmental Law

The International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) was established in 1980 in response to a growing demand for lawyers trained in international law. The program incorporates a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events that offer valuable opportunities to interact with international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers.

Current enrollment in the ILSP is approximately 120 students from over 45 countries. These students study under the instruction of 24 full-time faculty members, and 40 adjunct faculty members, all who are recognized experts and leading practitioners in the field.

Students in the ILSP have the option to concentrate in International and Comparative Environmental Law. Students are encouraged to develop their own course of study combining course work, research, and practical experience (externships). A typical course load that would meet the requirements of this LL.M. concentration includes:

  • American Legal Institutions
  • International Law (3)
  • International Environmental Law (3)
  • Comparative Environmental Law (3)
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection (2)
  • Trade and Environment (2)
  • US Environmental Law (3)
  • Human Rights Law (3)
  • International Wildlife and Biodiversity Law (2)
  • Trade and Environment in the Americas (1)
  • Supervised Environmental Externship (3)

Additionally, LL.M. students pursuing a concentration in International Environmental Law are encouraged to participate in the Environmental Law Summer Session, an intensive three-week program covering a range of environmental law topics. For more information about the Summer Session, click here.

For more information on the concentration areas, including the concentration in International and Comparative Environmental Law, click here. For more information on the LL.M. in International Law, including information about applying, admissions, requirements, etc., please visit the ILSP website by clicking here or by contacting ILSP LL.M.

LL.M. in Law and Government - Concentration in Environmental Law and Policy

The LL.M. Program on Law and Government transcends the traditional barriers that divide the study of administrative law, specifically fields of regulatory law and policy (such as environmental law), and constitutional law and civil rights. WCL's location in Washington D.C., the center of the federal legal establishment, offers students a wide-range of conferences, speakers, and externships involving federal regulatory agencies and companies.

Students are encouraged to design a course of study based on their interests and one that combines classes, research, and practical experience (externships). Each student can design a course package to meet his or her own goals, thus students interested in an LL.M. with a focus on environmental law and policy could take primarily environmental law courses. A typical course load for a student pursing their LL.M. in environmental law includes:

  • Environmental Law (3)
  • Environmental Litigation (2)
  • The Washington Lawyer
  • Administrative Law
  • International Application of US Environmental Law (2)
  • Natural Resources Law (2)
  • Seminar on the Federal Regulatory Process (3)
  • Seminar on the Separation of Powers (2)
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection (2)
  • Oil and Gas Law (2)
  • Environmental Externship Seminar (with an externship at an agency, i.e. EPA) (3)

For information about the LL.M. curriculum and the concentrations, including the concentration in Environmental Law and Policy, click here. For more information on the LL.M. in Law and Government, including information about admissions, applying, requirements, etc., please visit the Law and Government website by clicking here.