Explore Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Learning to regulate, protect, and innovate the law to enhance our natural world.

As the health of our environment increasingly becomes a top priority 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.

By learning from the innovators of ENR law and through hands-on experience, you will gain the skills to help environmental law keep pace with — and anticipate — change across many disciplines. Through Oregon Law's ENR Law Program, you can learn through seven innovative, multidisciplinary research projects: Conservation Trust; Energy Law and Policy; Food Resiliency; Global Environmental Democracy; Native Environmental Sovereignty; Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds; and Sustainable Land Use. Outside the classroom, students also lead, plan, and organize the oldest and largest international gathering of environmental law experts, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), among other exciting opportunities to network with leaders in the field.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

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

Selected Environmental Law Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•    Torts 
•    Contracts 
•    Civil Procedure
•    Constitutional Law I
•    Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•   Required and recommended bar prep courses.
•   Administrative Law
•   Comparative Environmental Law
•   Constitutional Law II
•   Environmental Law
•   International Environmental Law
•   Legal Profession
•   Natural Resources Law
•   Wildlife Law
•   Evidence

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•   Required and recommended bar prep courses.
•   Energy and the Law
•   Water Resources Law
•   Business Associations
•   Hazardous Waste Law
•   Land Use Law
•   Local Government Law
•   Nonprofit Organizations
•   Climate Change Law and Policy

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Core Faculty

  
Mary Wood
Renowned climate change scholar and
Founding Director of Oregon Law's Environmental
and Natural Resources Law Program


Adell Amos
Water Law expert arid former political
appointee to the U.S. Department of the Interior


John Bonine
Environmental law pioneer and
founder of the world's first environmental
law clinic

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Practical Skills Training 


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  
Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #4 in the nation!)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Environmental Law Clinic
•  Mediation Clinic
•  Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Advanced Environmental Law Clinic
•  Environmental Law Externship
•  Moot Court

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
 

Suzanne Rowe 
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McA!pin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development 


At Oregon Law, we take your future seriously. As a law student, you will take a required professional development seminar your first year, and you will receive individualized, tailored professional development coaching from a professional who will guide you to make strong career choices throughout your time at Oregon Law. 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Professional Development Seminar
•  Explore ENR practice areas
•  Meet with career counselor
•  Meet with ENR director
•  Join UO Law Linkedln group
•  Summer experience, examples: U.S. Department of Justice Summer Clerkship;
   Department of Fish & Game; Vestas-American Wind Technology;
   Oregon Clean Water Action Project; McKenzie River Trust;
   Trustees for Alaska; Crag Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
•  Seek out networking opportunities
•  ENR summer employment
•  Summer experience examples: EPA Summer Honors Clerk; Our Children's Trust;
   CEQ; Lawyers for Clean Water, ELAW; BPA

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

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Environmental and Natural Resources Law Extracurriculars


FIRST YEAR (1L)

•  Land, Air, Water (LAW)
•  Ocean and Coastal Center
•  Native American Law Student Association
•  Public Interest Public Service student group
•  Green Business Initiative Student Association
•  Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF)
•  Plan and attend the PIELC conference

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Attend annual ENR Fireside Conversation Series
• Attend JELL Symposium

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Become a JELL Managing Board Member
• Become a PIELC Co-Director

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