LL.M. with Environmental Law Concentration

The Masters of Laws, LL.M., is a specialized law degree for those who already earned a J.D. and wish to further advance their knowledge of law. The LL.M. with Concentration in Environmental Law requires students from the U.S. and other countries to complete 24 semester credit hours; which includes at least one experiential course, or other pre-approved equivalent course, work, or other experience. Also, as part of the total credit hours, students must complete a “Capstone” project on an approved topic of choice, which can take the form of an academic article of publishable quality, a policy “white paper,” meeting professional standards, or a similar undertaking. U.S. students attending full-time can generally complete the LL.M. program in one academic year (two semesters). Those attending part-time may take up to three years to finish all requirements. 

Students enrolled in the J.D. program at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, may jointly pursue the LL.M. with Concentration in Environmental Law by completing added requirements during summer sessions, or in an additional semester. Students intending to complete the joint J.D./LL.M. must apply and be accepted into the LL.M. program by the beginning of their last semester in the J.D. program.

Requirements (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and other U.S. law students): 

  • LAW L844 Administrative Law* (3 credits)
  • LAW L858 Environmental Law* (3 credits)
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law* (3 credits)
  • One experiential offering, or other pre-approved equivalent offering or experience, including:
    • LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits)
    • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (3 credits)
    • Law L900 Academic Externship (3 credits)
  • Capstone project (3 credits)

*If any of these courses were completed during a J.D. program, other courses from the available offerings may be substituted for these credit hours.

Note: The joint J.D./LL.M with Concentration in Environmental Law program allows new and existing Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students to apply nine credits from the required courses toward both J.D. and LL.M degrees.

Requirements (international students.): 

  • LAW L930 Introduction to U.S. Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L858 Environmental Law* (3 credits)
  • One experiential offering, or other pre-approved equivalent offering or experience, including:
    • LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits)
    • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (3 credits)
    • Law L900 Academic Externship (3 credits)
  • Capstone project (3 credits)

* If this course was completed during an international equivalent of a J.D. (like an LL.B.) program, other courses from the available offerings may be substituted for these credit hours.
Note: We recommend Administrative Law for international students, but do not require it.

For the remaining credit hours necessary for the LL.M. degree, U.S. and international students may choose from an array of courses from law, environmental, non-law, and non-environmental offerings, (Note: generally, non-environmental and/or non-law courses are capped at six credits that apply toward the degree, unless otherwise pre-approved).


Elective Courses: Environment and Law 

  • Law L900 Academic Externship (3 credits)
  • LAW L844 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • LAW L864 Admiralty 1 (3 credits)
  • LAW L879 Admiralty Seminar: Marine Pollution (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L819 Construction Industry & Sustainability Seminar (2 credits)
  • LAW L913 Disaster and Policy Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L975 Energy Law and Policy (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L929 Energy and the Environment in International Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (May Term, 3 credits)
  • LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab (3 credits) 
  • LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Law and the Climate Crisis; 
    • Environmental Enforcement and Compliance; 
    • Hot Topics in Environmental Law
  • LAW L834 Environmental Justice (2 or 3 credits) (Note: this course also satisfies the Law & Poverty requirement)
  • LAW L977 Environmental Litigation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) 
  • LAW L911 Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions (3 credits)
  • LAW L837 Land Use Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L817 051 Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law (3 credits) 
  • LAW L896 Professional Seminars (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Green Building
    • Introduction to International Law of the Sea
  • LAW L856 State and Local Government Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L922 Toxic Torts (2 or 3 credits.)
  • LAW L838  Oil and Gas Law (3 credits) 

Elective Courses: Other (non-law courses, generally up to six credits total, unless otherwise pre-approved.) 
Remaining course offerings, including those at main campus, with instructor approval and graduate level work added. Examples include:

  • RELS V265 Eco-Feminist Theologies
  • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
  • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
  • ENVA A194 Foundations in Environmental Science
  • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
  • HIST Q236 Historical Geography 
  • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature and the West

For a fuller list of possible courses, review the topics below in the undergraduate bulletin:

Environmental courses
Food Studies courses
Business, Decision Science and Entrepreneurship
Political Science courses 
Sociology courses

Please note: not all courses are offered every semester. For more information, please contact Marianne Cufone, Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use.