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LLM in Environmental Law & Policy


The LLM academic program in Environmental Law and Policy includes the following four components.  Additional details are provided below.

  1. An introductory course in American and common law;
  2. Participation in an LLM colloquium on current topics in environmental law and policy;
  3. Appropriate courses selected from the regular Stanford Law School curriculum, as well as up to seven units of relevant courses from other Stanford University departments and programs; and
  4. A practical writing course.

To meet these requirements, each LLM student will develop an individualized course of study to be reviewed and approved by the program director.

LLM students are required to be in residence at Stanford during the full (nine month) academic year. They are required to take a minimum of 35 credit units (and a maximum of 42 units).  The Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic currently is not open to LLM students.

Introduction to American Law

Stanford Law School offers international graduate students an intensive two week Introduction to American Law course in early September, before regular classes begin. This course is required for LLM students. The purpose of this course is to:

  • Introduce internationally-trained graduate students to basic concepts of American law and provide an overview of U.S. legal process and institutions.
  • Teach students how to read and analyze judicial opinions from U.S. courts.
  • Prepare international students to participate in regular Stanford Law School courses.

Environmental Law and Policy Colloquium

All Environmental Law and Policy LLM students will participate in a weekly colloquium directed by the program’s teaching fellow. The seminar will focus on selected issues in environmental law and policy and will feature speakers from governmental agencies, businesses, and NGOs working on environmental issues, as well academic experts. As part of the colloquium, students will prepare and present a research paper focused on the solution of an environmental or energy issue, preferably in the student’s home region.  Students also are encouraged to attend other relevant seminars and colloquiums related to environmental law and policy that are held on campus (such as the Stanford Woods Institute’s environmental forum).

Environmental Courses Offered at Stanford Law School

Each year, Stanford Law School offers a variety of exciting and informative courses relevant to the solution of environmental challenges at the local, national, and global levels.  The following is an illustrative list of the relevant courses that have been offered at the Law School during the last several years. Some courses are not offered every year and additional courses may be offered in a particular year.

Visit the courses section of the Law School's website for a comprehensive list of offerings.

General Environmental

280: Toxic Harms*

432: Environmental & Natural Resources Law & Policy Workshop

603: Environmental Law & Policy

650: Advanced Negotiation: Public Policy*


Energy & Clean Technology

326: IP: Patents

329: IP: International

388: Technology, Business, & Law

401: Venture Capital II*

455: Energy Law

465: Venture Capital I

510: Climate & Energy Seminar*

515: Clean Tech: Business Fundamentals & Public Policy†*


Management & Protection of Land & Natural Resources

281: Natural Resources Law

338: Land Use Law

437: Water Law & Policy

514: California Coast: Science, Policy & Law


International Environmental Agreements

285: International Trade Law

479: International Law

605: International Environmental Law & Policy

611: International Conflict Resolution Colloquium

661: Advanced Negotiation: International*


Related Law Courses of Interest

212: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

238: Administrative Law

319: Legislation

528: Economic Analysis of Law

634: Law & Public Policy Colloquium*

652: Animal Law

665: Advanced Legal Writing: Legislative Drafting & Analysis*

* Limited enrollment courses or seminars for which admission may be subject to a lottery or permission of the instructor.

Interdisciplinary Course Offerings at Stanford University

As noted, LLM programs are entitled and encouraged to take up to seven units of relevant courses outside of the Law School.  The following is just a sampling of the courses that have been offered in recent years at Stanford University and could be of interest to LLM students.  The specific courses offered in the other schools & departments change frequently and cannot be guaranteed from year to year.  Some courses also have scientific or other prerequisites.  For detailed descriptions on the courses listed below, please visit the Stanford Bulletin's Explore Courses site.

Anthropology 262. Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Problems

Anthropology 263. Conservation and Evolutionary Ecology

Anthropology 266. Political Ecology of Tropical Land Use

Biology 247. Controlling Climate Change in the 21st Century

Civil & Environmental Engineering 172. Air Quality Management

Civil & Environmental Engineering 172s: Green House Gas Mitigation

Civil & Environmental Engineering 173A: Energy Resources

Civil & Environmental Engineering 177P. Sustainability in Theory and Practice

Civil & Environmental Engineering 217: Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Earth Systems 143. Climate Change in the West: A History of the Future

Earth Systems 224: Environmental Justice: Local, National, & International Perspectives

Earth Systems 232: Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere

Earth Systems 233. California Climate Change Law and Policy

Earth Systems 284. Climate and Agriculture

Energy 101: Energy & the Environment

Energy 102: Renewable Energy Sources & Greener Energy Processes

Energy 104: Technology in the Greenhouse

Energy 301: Energy Seminar

Environmental Resources 260: Global Freshwater: Challenges and Opportunities

Environmental Resources 538: Environmental Science for Managers & Policy Makers

GSB 336: Business Models for Sustainable Energy

GSB 533: Sustainability as Market Strategy

GSB 585: Social Innovation through Corporate Social Responsibility

Management Science & Engineering 243. Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis

Management Science & Engineering 294: Climate Policy Analysis

Management Science & Engineering 295: Energy Policy Analysis

Urban Studies 163: Land Use Control