Ocean & Coastal Law Concentration

Ocean & Coastal Law

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


To complete the requirements of the Ocean and Coastal Law concentration, you must satisfactorily complete all of the following courses:

  • Coastal Law
  • Ocean Law

In addition, you must satisfactorily complete any combination of the following courses and seminars, totaling at least nine (9) 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 Field Placement
  • 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, you may serve as a research assistant with the Ocean and Coastal Law Center for at least one academic year. Anyone 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. You must receive advance approval of your 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, you 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.

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