Environmental Law and Sustainability, Certificate

This 18-hour, post-bachelor’s certificate is designed for environmental managers, corporate executives and business leaders seeking to distinguish their career through knowledge of state-of-the-art strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of their organization while enhancing economic sustainability.  These professionals seek to advance their career through mitigation of economic and environmental risk to employers and communities and navigate the complex and evolving world of environmental compliance and advanced energy generation and storage.  Courses are designed to apply innovative approaches and move beyond aspirational theories to operational strategies to meet the great environmental strategies that confront societies across the globe.

Students will gain an advanced understanding of environmental and energy systems, applicable laws and regulations in the United States, and legal risks inherent to the field in order to meet the great opportunities that are transforming major economic sectors and populations around the world. 

The certificate in Environmental Law and Sustainability acknowledges the inherent interdisciplinary nature of meaningful solutions to complex environmental, energy and climate issues and weaves together cutting-edge curriculum to provide the student with skills and knowledge to reduce environmental footprints while obtaining economic efficiencies.  

Taught by accomplished energy and environmental professionals and attorneys practicing in the field, this 100% online and on-demand graduate degree has no LSAT, GRE, or GMAT requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To impart knowledge and an advanced understanding of applicable laws and regulations relating to environmental and energy systems to apply within a position of significant responsibility for a corporate, governmental, or advocacy organization.\\n
  2. To understand the role of law in complex environmental, energy and climate issues.
  3. To develop an understanding of the science of climate change and carbon reduction.
  4. To provide skills and knowledge to work to reduce environmental footprints while obtaining economic efficiencies.
  5. To understand the legal risks inherent to the field to meet the opportunities that are transforming major economic sectors and populations around the world.
  6. To develop skills necessary to assist in compliance with the growing environmental legal and regulatory requirements.
  7. To understand the dynamic environmental and energy legal requirements and develop the ability to apply learned skills as regulations and market forces continue to change.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Work History
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Interview
  • No LSAT, GRE, or GMAT

Required Courses (18 hours)

Course Title Credits
LAWH 700Introduction to the Legal System 13
LAWG 731Environmental Law & Policy3
LAWG 568Coastal Law3
LAWG 734Climate Change Seminar3
LAWG 773Environmental Justice Seminar3
LAWG 826Energy Law3
or LAWG 709 Administrative Law
Total Credit Hours18

Lawyers and law students must replace this course with an approved alternative elective course.