Wayne State University

Environmental law

Are you interested in:

  • Water protection in the Great Lakes region?
  • Climate change and clean energy?
  • Green infrastructure and investment?
  • Environmental justice and community protection?

If so, environmental law may be the field for you.

Environmental law continues to evolve as environmental concerns rise and greater importance is placed on green technology. Environmental lawyers represent individual clients, nonprofit organizations and corporations on issues including climate change, clean energy, water protection and environmental justice. They often work to affect environmental policy in state and federal government.

Wayne Law offers students a comprehensive and innovative curriculum in environmental law. Courses include Environmental Law, Water Law, Energy Law, Land Use, and International Environmental Law. Advanced courses and seminars, such as International Climate Change Law, address cutting-edge issues in the field.

The capstone experience for environmental law students is the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic through which students learn the skills and strategies needed to affect environmental policy in all three branches of state and federal government.

Watch this video of Wayne Law Associate Professor Noah Hall, author of a leading casebook on environmental law, expert on Great Lakes policy and water issues and former attorney in private practice and for nonprofits.

Wayne Law has met the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge. This effort was initiated by student leaders from the Law School’s Environmental Law Society and has produced impressive results in terms of reduced paper use and energy conservation at the Law School. Wayne Law students also have been regular competitors in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, active in the National Association of Environmental Law Societies and involved in numerous pro bono matters.

If you have questions, contact Admissions at (313) 577-3937 or lawinquire@wayne.edu.

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