LL.M. Environmental & Natural Resources Law Concentration

LL.M. Program Duration

The Oregon LL.M. program is a full-time program and requires at least two semesters of study.

LL.M. Course Requirements

Students who elect the Environmental and Natural Resources Law concentration must complete at least 24 semester credits of required and elective courses as follows:

  • At least five courses must be from the Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law offerings.
  • LL.M. Seminar in both Fall and Spring Semester.
  • LL.M. Writing Requirement (in conjunction with an Environmental Law or Natural Resources Law course or as an independent study course)
  • Introduction to American Law (2 credits) (required for students who hold a law degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education).
  • LL.M. Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing (2 credits) (required for students who hold a law degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education).
  • Elective courses from the Environmental and Natural Resources Law offerings or the Law School’s course catalog (First-year J.D. Legal Research and Writing courses are not available to LL.M. students.)

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Required Course Offerings

Students who elect the Environmental and Natural Resources Law concentration must complete at least five courses from the courses listed below.  Courses in all three categories below count toward the Environmental and Natural Resources concentration requirements.

Environmental Law

  • Animal Law
  • Climate Law and Policy
  • Comparative Environmental Law
  • Environment and Pollution
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation & Practice
  • Food, Farming & Sustainability
  • Hazardous Waste Law
  • Human Rights & Environment
  • International Environmental Law
  • Wildlife Law       

Natural Resources

  • Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples
  • Energy and the Law
  • Indian Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Public Land Law
  • Water Resources Law

Both Environmental & Natural Resources Law

  • LL.M. Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Law Clinic (space in the clinic permitting)
  • Independent Research and Writing (environmental or natural resources law topic)
  • Land Use Law
  • Land Trust Conservation Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • ELAW Externship (limited numbers)

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Elective Courses

LL.M. students may also select some of their elective courses from the following courses (these courses do not count toward the five-course Environmental and Natural Resources concentration requirement, but do count toward the 24 semester credit requirement for the LL.M. degree):

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Human Rights
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • European Union Law
  • Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law and Development
  • Law of Settlement
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Remedies
  • Tribal Courts and Tribal Law

Descriptions of all law school courses can be found here (click on course name for description): Law School Catalog

Course offerings are subject to change each year, and not all courses are offered every year. First-year J.D. Legal Research and Writing courses are not available to LL.M. students.

LL.M. Seminar Requirement

The LL.M. Seminar is an integrating experience for all LL.M. students, providing education on topics of current concern and introducing students to a variety of lawyers, officials, and natural environments in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. In the LL.M. Seminar, students work to enhance their legal writing and presentation skills in a collaborative setting.

The LL.M. Seminar is usually 2 credits in the Fall and 2 credits in the Spring.

LL.M. Writing Requirement

LL.M. students must complete a written comprehensive paper or project in connection with one of the required concentration specific courses or as a concentration focused independent study legal research and writing course under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

Students who are pursuing a Master of Laws degree in order to apply to take a state bar exam in the United States should review and confirm their eligibility and any course/degree requirements with the bar exam administrators in each state to which the student intends to apply.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides a general guide of bar admission requirements.  In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.