Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3040||ADMINISTRATIVE LAW||3 credits|
|or LAW 3490||FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE LAW|
|LAW 3340||ENVIRONMENTAL LAW||3 credits|
|Select one of the following:|
|LAW 3759||NATURAL RESOURCES LAW SEMINAR||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3945||WETLANDS SEMINAR||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3053||ADMIRALTY||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3171||CLIMATE JUSTICE: U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE||1 to 2 credits|
|LAW 3355||ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY||2 credits|
|LAW 3339||ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF REAL PROPERTY||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3342||ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXTERNSHIP||1 to 4 credits|
|LAW 3349||ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3504||FLORIDA REAL ESTATE LAW||2 to 3|
|LAW 3511||FOOD LAW AND POLICY SEMINAR||2 to 3|
|LAW 3577||INT'L ENVIRONMENTAL LAW||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3597||JOURNAL-INTL WILDLIFE LW & POL (maximum of 4 credits)||1 credit|
|LAW 3633||LAND USE LAW||3 credits|
|LAW 3693||LAW REVIEW WRITING CREDIT (if paper has environmental focus)||1 to 2 credits|
|LAW 3699||LEGISLATION||3 credits|
|LAW 3759||NATURAL RESOURCES LAW SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3763||OCEAN & COASTAL LAW & POLICY||3 credits|
|LAW 3909||TOPICS IN BIODIVERSITY LAW||1 to 2 credits|
|LAW 3945||WETLANDS SEMINAR (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)||2 to 3 credits|
|LAW 3947||WHITE COLLAR CRIME||2 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)|