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Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

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Engaging the law to support sustainability on earth.

For more than 50 years, the Environmental and Natural Resources(ENR) Law Center’s focus on public interest environmental law and commitment to innovations in environmental legal education have made it one of the nation’s most respected programs.

in the nation
for environmental law

2024-2025 US News & world report


Ranked #7 in the nation, according to US News & World Report, the ENR Center has consistently ranked among the leading environmental law programs in the US for 17 years.


This year, preLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist gave the ENR a grade of ‘A+’, the highest score possible on its list of best law school programs.

Read this year's ENR Magazine


2023 ENR Year in Review

Previous Years in Review

ENR News

Commissioned by the Oregon State Legislature's Joint Water Caucus, ENR's Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project's latest report explores ways to streamline decision making around water. 
Over 21 months ago, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Michael Fakhri—who also leads ENR's Food Resiliency Project at Oregon Law—submitted a request to make an official visit to the UK. With no approved visit to date, 86 civil society organizations have sent a letter calling for the prime minister to cease evading Fakhri's expert scrutiny. 
Oregon Law Professor Emerita Susan Gary retires this year, but she is not slowing down her work to promote the Perpetual Purpose Trust as a sustainable model for business ownership. This morning, she was quoted as an expert in an OPB article on the topic. 


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Practical Experience

With an emphasis on intellectually challenging and creative work, students learn how to work up cases, prepare expert witnesses, write persuasive motions and memoranda, and appear at oral argument in real-world situations.

Students receive practical skills training through:

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
  • Advanced Environmental Law Clinic
  • Environmental Law Externship
  • Moot Court

ENR Practical Experience


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The environment has only increased in importance to governments, businesses, and individuals. Graduates of Oregon Law’s long-established and top-ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program are among the most sought-after by employers.

Common Careers include:

  • Litigator
  • Transactional Attorney
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Legislative Aide
  • Policy Advisor
  • Conservation Director
  • Public Utilities Specialist
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Environmental Advocate

ENR Careers

ENR Faculty

As leaders and innovators, the distinguished faculty at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center are renowned climate change scholars, water law experts, and environmental law pioneers.


“We strive to produce cutting-edge and transformative research that will shape the future. Drawing upon our rich legacy in environmental law, we are always looking ahead to the needs of the planet, humanity, and our fellow species. In this new era defined by climate change, we engage our students, alumni, and colleagues to solve the crucial problems of our time.”

— Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor, Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

Meet our Faculty


We pride ourselves on providing students with excellent teaching, skills-based learning opportunities, and a rich, diverse ENR curriculum.

We also contribute on-the-ground solutions to today's most challenging environmental problems. 

Please consider giving to the ENR Center to help us continue our work!