Sustainable International Development Law LL.M.


The Sustainable International Development graduate program trains U.S.-based and international lawyers, judges, professors, and advocates.   We provide students with tools to promote a sustainable world, with an emphasis on promoting economic growth, alleviating poverty, promoting human rights and the rule of law, and preserving natural resources for future generations. 

Students learn through an innovative, hands-on, and practical program, with a variety of clinical and collaborative opportunities designed to provide them with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The program offers course work focused on five key areas:

  • Rule of law and governance
  • Law as a tool of poverty alleviation
  • Global environmental protection
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Indigenous people's rights

Lawyers who work to promote social change will need new tools to promote a sustainable future for people and the planet. Our SID LL.M. students receive practical hands-on training focusing on innovation as a way to achieve social change.

The SID LL.M. program prepares students to work within organizations that include the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations development program, private consulting firms, environmental NGOs, humanitarian and human rights organizations and active military service focused on the rule of law.

The program is also equipping a new generation of lawyers to work with social entrepreneurs as well as major corporations to develop sustainable solutions to pressing social problems.

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