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
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Ranked #8 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report, the ENR Center has consistently ranked among the leading environmental law programs in the US for 14 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.

For more than fifty years, the University of Oregon School of Law has been a national leader in public interest environmental law. Building off of this legacy, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR Center) continues to launch innovativ research projects to assist our communities while preparing student for leadership in the rapidly changing world of environmental policy. Through coursework and dynamic interdisciplinary research, the ENR Center is bringing every resource to bear to finding solutions to the major environmental challenges of our day.


News & Events

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Ten Oregon Law students from the school's Environmental & Natural Resources Law Center recently went to DC to present their own research before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
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Professor Mary Wood’s new research focuses on developing three interlocking efforts that will work together to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere.
John Bonine in front of COP25 sign
John Bonine, Oregon Law’s B.B. Kliks Professor of Law, is participating in international climate law negotiations at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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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!