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Environmental Law Certificate

What is it?

A notation on your transcript indicating that you have completed a concentrated course of study in Environmental Law. You will also receive a separate certificate.

What good will it do me?

It will provide you with broad and deep exposure to environmental and natural resources law, preparing you for practice in those areas. It will also provide a signal to employers of your commitment to and background in environmental and natural resources law.

Who is eligible?

Any UC Davis law student who meets the requirements by graduation

What are the requirements?


  • Environmental Law (Law 285) (4 units)
  • Administrative Law (Law 235) (3 units)

In addition, you must:

Additional Requirement 1

Earn at least 11 units of environmental or natural resources law electives. At least 7 of those 11 units must come from graded environmental or natural resources law courses. Eligible classes are listed on page 2 of this document.

Environmental courses taken at other law schools or within other UC Davis departments may be applied toward the 11 unit requirement, if approved in advance by Prof. Elmendorf, Frank, Lin, or McAllister and if approved in advance by Dean Kulwin in accordance with Regulation 1.6 [Courses in Other Law Schools] or Regulation 1.7 [Courses in Other Parts of the University].

Up to 2 elective units may be given for an independent study paper written under the supervision of one of the environmental program faculty, at the discretion of the faculty supervisor.

Up to 2 elective units may be earned through an environmental externship.

Please note that you are responsible for planning your schedule. Not all classes will be offered every year.

Additional Requirement 2

Write a writing-requirement-quality paper, approved by Prof. Elmendorf, Frank, Lin, or McAllister, on an environmental or natural resources law topic through a seminar, an independent study, or law review. The paper should develop and defend a thesis and demonstrate original thought and analysis; casenotes typically will not satisfy this requirement. Students are encouraged to consult early with faculty on paper topics and must submit a proposed topic to the supervising faculty member by September 15 of their third year of law school and submit a draft of the paper by December 31 of their third year.

Additional Requirement 3

Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in graded certificate classes.

I believe I've completed the requirements. How do I get credit for the certificate?

A form will be available from Prof. Elmendorf, Frank, or Lin or on the Registrar Forms webpage. Fill it out and give it to Prof. Elmendorf, Frank, or Lin before the end of your third year.

Environmental and Natural Resource Law Electives

Animal Law Seminar (Law 224) (2 units)

International Environmental Law (Law 230) (3 units)

Public Regulatory Law (Law 235T) (3 units)

Land Use Planning (Law 256) (2 units)

Water Law (Law 264) (2 or 3 units)

Ocean & Coastal Law (Law 264A) (2 units)

Natural Resources Seminar (Law 265) (2 units)

Native American Law Seminar (Law 277) (2 units)

Energy Law (Law 282) (2 units)

Environmental Law Seminar (Law 285C) (2 units)

Agricultural Law and Policy (Law 285C) (3 units)

California Environmental Issues Seminar (Law 285A) (2 units)

Public Land Law (Law 287) (3 units)

Climate Change Law and Policy (Law 285T) (3 units)

Environmental Justice (3 units)

Free Trade & Environment (2 units)