The specialized LLM in Environmental and Energy Law is designed for foreign-trained and US lawyers interested in careers in environmental, land use, and energy law. Individuals who aim to work for governments, international organizations, or NGOs; who aspire to cutting-edge private practice with law firms; or who will pursue academic careers, study with leading experts in these areas. Each year, students in the program form a close community that enjoys the benefits of being a distinct cohort within the larger student body.

NYU is the leading institution in environmental and land use law among the top American law schools. Our faculty have established reputations for path-breaking research and scholarship that has driven policy formation in the United States on such issues as climate change, air pollution, housing and urban development, and contemporary urban environmental law. These professors also direct three separate research institutions at NYU that organize conferences and workshops on environmental, energy, and land use topics with leading decision-makers, advocates, and academics. Students actively engage with our faculty and their centers’ entrepreneurial research and activities as a complement to the formal curriculum.

Energy, Law, and Policy

The Law School capitalizes on its location in the world’s premier financial capital by providing students with an understanding of how major energy deals are financed and assembled, and the impediments that clean energy projects face. Energy Law Regulation and Policy, Oil and Gas Law and Governance, and US Energy Deals are classes being taught by leading practitioners this current academic year. Modern Crosscurrents in Energy and Environmental Law brings together developments in the energy and environmental contexts.

New Approaches to Environmental Law

The Law School continually strives to update its course offerings to reflect new developments in environmental law and cognate fields. In addition to core classes in Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law, we now offer classes in Urban Environmental Law, Animal Law, and Water Rights and Water Quality. Every year we offer a seminar devoted to International Environmental Law, and this year we are pioneering a clinic that places students in the UN missions of small island states where they will work on environmental and other issues.

Focus on Clinics 

NYU’s clinics combine intellectual inquiry with real-world practice experience by arranging for students to participate in fieldwork. Master’s students may apply for these offerings that count toward the Environmental and Energy Law specialization:

Classes Outside the Law School 

The Law School is a part of a premier research university and master's students can take classes in other parts of the university. Courses at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in economics, and urban, transportation, and other infrastructure issues are likely to be of particular interest for students in this specialization. With permission from the program director and Vice Dean, master’s students may take up to six credits at one of NYU’s other schools in completion of LLM requirements.