Environmental Law is a complex and often highly contentious area of law that responds to science, economics and ethics as they relate to the world's natural resources. Issues surrounding the use, ownership and stewardship of our natural resources and surrounding environment prompt intense legal and public policy debates. Our faculty members are at the forefront of many new developments in environmental law, so students have early and complete access to changes in the law as they occur. The study of law and policy related to environmental issues is an important component of our mission to educate our students to be leaders for the global common good.


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