Environmental Law and Policy

Explore Environmental Issues Through a Legal Lens

As climate change poses new challenges to several areas of law and policy, there is a growing demand for lawyers with environmental law expertise. At Maryland Carey Law you can acquire a thorough understanding of all aspects of the rapidly growing field of environmental law. Participating in our award-winning Environmental Law Clinic, advocacy, externship, and international opportunities will expose you to many facets of environmental law and prepare you for a rewarding career in this exciting field.

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Explore the Environmental Law and Policy Curriculum

From farming and food to fisheries and energy, our extensive environmental law curriculum will help you understand the many complex niches that make up this practice area.

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  • Administrative Law
  • Adv. Legal Research: Environmental Law
  • Animals and the Law Seminar
  • Clean Air Act Seminar
  • Clean Water Act Seminar
  • Climate Change: Emerging Issues
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Seminar:
  • Business Transactions
  • Federal Commercial Chemical Regulation Seminar
  • Food, Farming, and Sustainability Seminar
  • Global Environmental Law
  • Global Fisheries Law Seminar
  • Intl. Environmental Law Seminar
  • Natural Resources Law
  • State and Local Environmental Law
  • U.S. Water Law
  • Wildlife and Ecosystems Law
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Baltimore Harbor Waterkeepers
  • Center for Human Rights and the Environment (Argentina)
  • Center for International Environmental Law
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • MD Attorney General’s Office
  • MD Dept. of Natural Resources
  • MD Dept. of the Environment
  • MD Dept. of Transportation
  • Natl. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin.
  • Natl. Wildlife Federation
  • Natural Resources Defense Counsel
  • Potomac Conservancy
  • Solar Energy Industry Association
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Humane Society
  • The Intl. Union for Conservation of Nature
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of MD, Environmental Crimes Unit
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform
  • U.S. Senate, Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • United Nations Mine Action Service
  • World Health Organization
  • Maryland Environmental Law Society 
  • Environmental Moot Court Team 
  • Alumni Listserv Newsletter 
  • Environmental Law Golden Tree Film Festival 

Maryland Environmental Law Society

The Maryland Environmental Law Society (MELS) is the longest standing environmental law student organization in the country. MELS is dedicated to preserving the integrity of our planet through community service, awareness, and legal education, with a focus on eco-centered community service, career development, diversity, and networking in the community.

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Environmental Law Clinic

Get hands-on experience working on cases and projects that teach you how to think about environmental problems and critically analyze potential solutions.

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Khushi Desai ’07

“The Environmental Law Clinic and an externship at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Division prepared me well for the kind of high profile litigation I do today.”


Examples of where our graduates have been employed:

Associate Attorney, Earthjustice

Attorney Adviser, Environmental Protection Agency

Attorney Adviser, Department of the Interior

Trial Attorney, Department of Justice (Environment and Natural Resources Division)

Associate Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond

Counsel, Xerox

Compliance, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Environmental Senior Counsel, Occidental Petroleum

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