Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration

Objective

This concentration will help prepare those students planning for a career in environmental law by ensuring that they take courses particularly applicable to environmental law and receive mentoring from members of the faculty with experience and interest in environmental law. The certificate of concentration recognizes students who have demonstrated a high degree of ethics and competence in the study of environmental law.

Eligibility

Any Stetson law student in good standing who has completed not less than 30 credits and not more than 45 credits may apply for acceptance into the Environmental Law Concentration Program. The Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy will make final determinations on all applications for acceptance into this program based upon consideration of the student's demonstrated commitment to the program and the likelihood that the student will be able to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

Requirements

In order to receive the certificate of concentration in environmental law at graduation, a student must make a timely application for inclusion in the program, be accepted into the program, and carry out the following:

  • Complete at least 21 hours in the Approved Curriculum, including successful completion of the Mandatory Curriculum requirements, with an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 among all of those courses taken from the Approved Curriculum. Further, the student shall not have received a grade of less than 2.25 (or "S" in any course not graded on the 4.0 scale) in any of those courses taken in the Approved Curriculum;
  • Participate in an approved experiential learning opportunity related to environmental law (e.g., a skills course or internship);
  • Complete additional mentoring, pro-bono service, and administrative requirements; and
  • Write a paper in the area of environmental law that would fulfill the upper-level writing requirement.

Required Mentoring

Upon being selected into the Environmental Law Concentration Program, a student will be assigned a mentor who is a member of the College of Law faculty. It is anticipated that no member of the faculty will be assigned more than five such students at any one time. The student will be expected to meet regularly with such mentor, no less than one time each semester, for the purpose of discussing advancement toward completion of the requirements for receipt of the certificate in concentration. Further, as a prerequisite for registration for each upcoming semester, such students will be required to obtain the approval of their mentor regarding their course selection. It is the goal of this required mentoring that the participating members of the faculty will pass along to the students the benefit of their own experience and/or expertise in the field of environmental law.

Pro Bono

To receive the Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration, a student must perform at least 30 hours of pro bono work related to environmental protection or environmental law.  These hours may overlap with the 60 hours required of all Stetson students.

Administrative Hours

To receive the Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration, a student must perform at least 10 hours assisting with the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, International Wildlife Law Conference, or other Biodiversity Institute activities.

Approved Mandatory Curriculum

LAW 3040ADMINISTRATIVE LAW3
or LAW 3490 FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
LAW 3340ENVIRONMENTAL LAW3
Select one of the following:
LAW 3132ANIMAL LAW SEMINAR2 to 3
LAW 3759NATURAL RESOURCES LAW SEMINAR2 to 3
LAW 3945WETLANDS SEMINAR2 to 3

Elective Curriculum

LAW 3053ADMIRALTY2 to 3
LAW 3132ANIMAL LAW SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)2 to 3
LAW 3168CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY POLICY2
LAW 3171CLIMATE JUSTICE: U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE1 to 2
LAW 3355ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY2
LAW 3339ENVTL HAZ/REAL PROPERTY2 to 3
LAW 3342ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXTERNSHIP1 to 4
LAW 3349ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE2 to 3
LAW 3511FOOD LAW AND POLICY SEMINAR2 to 3
LAW 3577INT'L ENVIRONMENTAL LAW2 to 3
LAW 3563INTL ANIMAL LAW SEMINAR2 or 3
LAW 3582INTL TRADE AND THE ENVIRONMENT3
LAW 3592SINTERV/COUNSELING-Special Grou (Environmental)2
LAW 3597JOURNAL-INTL WILDLIFE LW & POL (maximum of 4 credits)1
LAW 3633LAND USE LAW2 to 3
LAW 3693LAW REVIEW WRITING CREDIT (if paper has environmental focus)1 to 2
LAW 3699LEGISLATION3
LAW 3759NATURAL RESOURCES LAW SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)2 to 3
LAW 3763OCEAN & COASTAL LAW & POLICY3
LAW 3909TOPICS IN BIODIVERSITY LAW1 to 2
LAW 3940WATER LAW: PUBLIC & PRIVATE2 to 3
LAW 3945WETLANDS SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)2 to 3
LAW 3947WHITE COLLAR CRIME2 to 3
Stetson summer-abroad courses with an environmental law focus