Concentrations: Ocean and Coastal Law

A concentration in Ocean and Coastal Law can enrich students’ legal education and demonstrates to employers the student’s commitment to this specific area of practice. In this program, students will study the intersection between oceanic law and international relations, environmental law, and laws relating to indigenous peoples’ rights. The concentration is flexible, allowing students to substitute fellowships and research opportunities with coursework if they so choose.


To complete the requirements of the concentration, a student must satisfactorily complete both of the following courses*:

  • Coastal Law
  • Ocean Law

In addition, a successful candidate must satisfactorily complete any combination of the following courses and seminars, totaling at least nine hours of credit**:

  • Climate Change in International Law
  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Comparative Environmental Law
  • Energy and the Law
  • Environment and Pollution
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Law Alliance Externship
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Hazardous Waste Law
  • Human Rights and Environment
  • Indian Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Public Land Law
  • Renewable Energy Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Wildlife Law

*As an alternative to completing the curriculum referenced above, a student may serve as a research assistant with the Ocean and Coastal Law Center for at least one academic year. A student who wishes to earn the Concentration via the research assistant program must also complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning an ocean or coastal law topic. The student must receive advance approval of his or her topic by the director of the Ocean and Coastal Law Center.

**As an alternative to the curriculum or research assistant options for completing the concentration, a student may serve as a marine law or policy fellow in a state or federal fellowship program for at least one semester.

A full list of requirements and procedures is available to current students in MyLaw. The information contained on this page is only a summary of the academic requirements.

For specific course requirements for individual concentrations, please go to “Forms” under the Registrar’s tab in MyLaw.