Environmental Law Concentration

Environmental law has grown exponentially in the California employment market as well as in other areas in the nation. During the last three years, the State Bar’s California Lawyer magazine has listed the field as one of the top five legal specialties for placement opportunities.

Beginning in Fall, 2013, Coastkeeper and Whittier Law School are collaborating in a new Environmental Water Law Clinic, allowing students to gain live litigation experience regarding the restoration of the Santa Ana River watershed.

The Environmental Law concentration prepares graduates for practice with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private firms. Courses are taught by faculty with in-depth experience in the field of environmental law.

Environmental Law Concentration

Faculty Director: Peter L. Reich, Professor of Law .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 235

Students wishing to complete the Environmental Law Concentration must first file a Declaration of Intent Form with the Registrar’s Office.

To receive an Environmental Law Concentration, students must:


  1. Complete these required core courses
    • Environmental Law (3 units)
    • Administrative Law (3 units) OR California Environmental Law (2 units)
  2. Take nine units from the following. Note: Not all courses are offered each year.
    • Administrative Law (if not taken as a required course)
    • Advanced Real Property Practicum
    • Animal Law
    • California Environmental Law (if not taken as a required course)
    • California Environmental Negotiation Competition
    • Environmental Enforcement
    • Environmental Justice
    • International Environmental Law Seminar
    • International and Comparative Animal Law
    • Law of the United States – Mexico Border
    • Natural Resources Seminar
    • Ocean and Coastal Environmental Law
    • Water Law and Policy Seminar
    • Externship (up to 3 units in placement approved by concentration director)
    • Independent Study (up to 2 units approved by concentration director)

*Other courses may be included with the approval of the Director of the Concentration. For approval, consult with the Director and complete the Substitution/Waiver form from the Forms Center in the Registrar’s pages.

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