Environmental & Natural Resources Track

Environmental law, in your hands.

Oregon Law's LL.M. Environmental and Natural Resources Law Track is ideal for anyone who would like to study environmental law in more depth. Graduates of this track have the option to go on to practice environmental law in private law firms, governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. In this track you have the choice of a wide variety of ENR courses to choose from including courses on natural resource law, land use law, ocean and coastal law, climate law and policy, human rights and the environment, and administrative law.


As the health of our environment increasingly becomes a top priority to governments, businesses, and individuals, law graduates with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resources Law are among the most sought-after by employers. Whether with private law firms, non-profit organizations, or in the governmental sector, an Oregon Law LL.M. in Environmental Law is a doorway to a rewarding career. 

Common environmentally-focused law careers include:

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


LL.M. General Requirements (Assigned courses or projects in every track)

LL.M. Seminar

  • Fall Semester (2 credits)
  • Spring Semester (2 credits)

LL.M. Writing Requirement

  • Can be fulfilled in combination with any course with a writing component

Introduction to American Law

  • Required for students who hold law degrees from a non-US institution

LL.M. Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing

  • Required for students who hold law degrees from a non-US institution

Track-specific Requirements

Core courses: you must take at least five (5) courses from the law school’s Environmental & Natural Resources course offerings


Environmental Law 

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

Natural Resources 

  • Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples 
  • Contemporary Issues - American Indian 
  • Energy and the Law 
  • Natural Resources Law 
  • Ocean and Coastal Law 
  • Tribal Courts and Law 
  • Water Resources Law 

Both Environmental & Natural Resources Law

  • 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 




The rest of the 24 required credits for the LL.M. program can be fulfilled through any of the courses offered by the law school, unless the course is restricted to JD students.