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Environmental Law LL.M. Curriculum

The Master of Laws, LL.M., is a specialized law degree for those who already earned a J.D. and wish to further advance their knowledge of law. The LL.M. with Concentration in Environmental Law requires students from the U.S. and other countries to complete 24 semester credit hours; which includes at least one experiential course, or other pre-approved equivalent course, work, or other experience. Also, as part of the total credit hours, students must complete a “Capstone” project on an approved topic of choice, which can take the form of an academic article of publishable quality, a policy “white paper,” meeting professional standards, or a similar undertaking. U.S. students attending full-time can generally complete the LL.M. program in one academic year (two semesters). Those attending part-time may take up to three years to finish all requirements. 

 

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Required Core Courses (15 credits total) 
(for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and other U.S. law students): 

  • LAW L844 Administrative Law* (3 credits)
  • LAW L858 Environmental Law* (3 credits)
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law* (3 credits)
  • Capstone project (3 credits)
  • One experiential offering, or other pre-approved equivalent offering or experience, including:
    • LAW L900 Academic Externship (3 credits)
    • LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits)
    • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (3 credits)
    • LAW L977 Environmental Litigation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) 
    • Any other experiential opportunity (including work experience) with approval

*If any of these courses were completed during a J.D. program, other courses from the available offerings may be substituted for these credit hours.

Elective Courses: Environment and Law (9 credits minimum) 
(no more than 6 hours combined non-environmental law and non-law electives allowed)

  • LAW L900 Academic Externship (3 credits)
  • LAW L864 Admiralty 1 (3 credits)
  • LAW L879 Admiralty Seminar: Marine Pollution (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L822 Bioethics and the Law (3 credits)
  • LAW L819 Construction Industry & Sustainability Seminar (2 credits)
  • LAW L913 Disaster Law and Policy (2 credits)
  • LAW L975 Energy Law and Policy (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L929 Energy and the Environment in International Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (May Term, 3 credits, in Florida)
  • LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits) 
  • LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Law and the Climate Crisis; 
    • Environmental Enforcement and Compliance; 
    • Hot Topics in Environmental Law
  • LAW L834 Environmental Justice (2 or 3 credits) 
  • LAW L977 Environmental Litigation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) 
  • LAW L911 Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions (3 credits)
  • LAW L837 Property and Land Use Seminar:  Land Use Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L817 Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law (3 credits) 
  • LAW L896 Professional Seminars (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Green Building
    • Introduction to International Law of the Sea
  • LAW L837 Property and Land Use Seminar: Property, Land Use and Justice (3 credits)
  • LAW L856 State and Local Government Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L838 Oil and Gas Law (3 credits) 

Non-Law Electives 
(no more than 6 hours combined non-environmental law and non-law electives allowed)

Remaining course offerings, including those at main campus, require instructor approval and graduate level work added. Examples include:

  • RELS V265 Eco-Feminist Theologies
  • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
  • ENVA H295 Environmental Policy
  • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
  • ENVA A194 Foundations in Environmental Science
  • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
  • SOCI X236 Global Environmental Crisis
  • HIST Q236 Historical Geography 
  • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature and the West
  • HIST Q294 Water and Society

For a fuller list of possible courses, review the topics below in the undergraduate bulletin:

Environmental courses
Food Studies courses
Business, Decision Science and Entrepreneurship
Political Science courses 
Sociology courses

For more information, please contact Marianne Cufone, Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use.