LLM in Environmental Law & Policy
The LLM academic program in Environmental Law and Policy includes the following four components. Additional details are provided below.
- An introductory course in American and common law;
- Participation in an LLM colloquium on current topics in environmental law and policy;
- 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
- 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.
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
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