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

Elective Curriculum

LAW 3053ADMIRALTY2 to 3 credits
LAW 3171CLIMATE JUSTICE: U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE1 to 2 credits
LAW 3355ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY2 credits
LAW 3339ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF REAL PROPERTY2 to 3 credits
LAW 3342ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXTERNSHIP1 to 4 credits
LAW 3349ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE2 to 3 credits
LAW 3370ENVIRONMENTAL REGULAT OF WATER2 to 3
LAW 3504FLORIDA REAL ESTATE LAW2 to 3
LAW 3511FOOD LAW AND POLICY SEMINAR2 to 3
LAW 3577INT'L ENVIRONMENTAL LAW2 to 3 credits
LAW 3597JOURNAL-INTL WILDLIFE LW & POL (maximum of 4 credits)1 credit
LAW 3633LAND USE LAW3 credits
LAW 3693LAW REVIEW WRITING CREDIT (if paper has environmental focus)1 to 2 credits
LAW 3699LEGISLATION3 credits
LAW 3759NATURAL RESOURCES LAW SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)2 to 3 credits
LAW 3763OCEAN & COASTAL LAW & POLICY3 credits
LAW 3810REMEDIES3
LAW 3909TOPICS IN BIODIVERSITY LAW1 to 2 credits
LAW 3945WETLANDS SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)2 to 3 credits
LAW 3947WHITE COLLAR CRIME2 to 3 credits
STETSON SUMMER-ABROAD COURSES (AS LONG AS IT'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOCUS)
DIRECTED RESEARCH PROJECT (THE PAPER MUST HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS)
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT (THE PAPER MUST HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS)
DISPUTE RESOLUTION BOARD (IF COMPETITION HAS ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS)
MOOT COURT BOARD (IF COMPETITION HAS ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS)
CLINIC (IF CLINIC HAS ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS; REQUIRES APPROVAL OF FACULTY MENTOR)
EXTERNSHIP (OTHER THAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXTERNSHIP AND HAS ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS; REQUIRES APPROVAL OF FACULTY MENTOR)