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 the following:

  • Administrative Law 
  • Environmental Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law

In addition, you must satisfactorily complete 4 courses from the following list: 

  • Advanced Environmental Law Clinic
  • Indian Law
  • Climate Change Law & Policy
  • Comparative Environmental Law
  • Disaster Law
  • Energy & Law
  • Environment & Natural Resources Externship
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Environmental Law & Policy Practicum
  • Environmental Litigation & Practice
  • Environmental Moot Court
  • Hazardous Waste Law
  • Human Rights and the Environment
  • Independent Research/Writing (ENR topic)
  • International Environmental Law
  • Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation
  • Land Trust & Conservation Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Trust Law
  • Tribal Courts & Tribal Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Wildlife Law

Course Substitution

With the approval of the concentration committee, students may fulfill the course requirements by substituting one or two equivalent courses for any one or two listed courses.

Written Work

Students are required to complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning ocean and coastal law. This requirement may be fulfilled in conjunction with any of the above listed courses or as an independent study. The paper must be of sufficient depth and quality to satisfy, and may be used to satisfy, the law school’s Writing Requirement.

Approval of Topic for Ocean and Coastal Research Paper (optional):

Any member of the Concentration in Ocean & Coastal Law Committee may grant, upon request, advance approval of the topic on which a student intends to write an academic research paper to fulfill the requirements for the Concentration in Ocean & Coastal Law. This preliminary approval applies only to the suitability of the topic for purposes of the Ocean & Coastal Law Concentration requirement.

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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