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Environmental Regulation

Environmental regulation is nearly everywhere today. Institutions and individuals alike have a stake in environmental regulation that is well conceived, competently executed and faithful to legal obligations. The M.J. specialty in environmental regulation prepares experienced professionals and recent graduates for this evolving and challenging task.

Students specializing in environmental regulation will benefit from the UW School of Law’s longstanding strength in environmental law, as well as from the broader university’s excellence in environmental science and management. M.J. students are encouraged to work closely with the environmental regulation program director to tailor a specific course of study that draws on the UW’s robust and diverse offerings.

Below are some samples of the M.J. environmental regulation offerings available at the law school and across campus:

Student Profile A

M.J. student interested in being a private consultant in an environmental services firm (e.g., wetland construction and management).

Professional Goal:
Seek greater opportunity in providing permitting and compliance services.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Environmental Regulation Courses: 28 credits

  • Development of US Environmental Regulation
  • Pollution Control Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Water Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice

Student Profile B

M.J. student working as a local government planner, public health official, or regulatory agent frequently encountering state and federal environmental regulation.

Professional Goal:
Seek promotion to higher-level position with current knowledge.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Environmental Regulation Courses: 28 credits

  • Development of US Environmental Regulation
  • Pollution Control Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Land Use Planning Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Policy Processes

Student Profile C

Recent undergraduate with a degree and some training in environmental studies or environmental science.

Professional Goal:
Improve preparation for early career job in environmental permitting or regulation.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Environmental Regulation Courses: 28 credits

  • Development of US Environmental Regulation
  • Environmental Law and Process
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Resource Policy and Administration
  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice
  • Environmental Politics and Institutional Innovation

For addition detail and information on our Environmental Law offerings see our Natural Resource / Environmental Law Course Catalog.

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