CLE - Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law

Any student in the JD program may earn a Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law by undertaking a course of study that thoroughly prepares them for a demanding practice in environmental or natural resource law in a global environment. Eligible students receive a letter from the faculty certifying that he or she has completed the Faculty's Specialization Environmental and Natural Resource Law. No official notification is made on a student's academic transcript. Students may, however, at their discretion note achievement of the Specialization on their C.V.s. The Specialization is not available to graduate (LLM or PhD students), although such students may enroll in some of UBC's environmental and resources law courses.

Specialization Certification Requirements

In order to earn the Specialization certification, a student must compete the following three requirements:

1. Natural Resources Law (392B) OR Environmental Law (387C);

2. One course that fulfills the international law content requirement of the Specialization. This includes International Law and Natural Resources (398D) OR International Environmental Law (323D) OR Marine Resources Law (318D) OR Sustainable Development Law (386) OR another course with relevant international law content (including an individual directed research paper) upon approval of the Director of the Centre for Law & the Environment.

3. In addition, the student must complete at least TWO courses from the following list of courses. Courses used to fulfill the requirements in sections 1-2 above may not be counted a second time for this requirement:

Environmental Law Courses

•  Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (306D)
•  Environmental Law (387C)
•  Environmental Law in Practice (388C)
•  Forest Law (395)
•  Fisheries Law (396)
•  Global Environmental & Resources Law Externship Program (379 & 380) (nb, this externship
   program counts as TWO courses).
•  International Law and Natural Resources (398)
•  International Environmental Law (323)
•  Land Use Planning (375)
•  Marine Resources Law (318D)
•  Mining Law (394)
•  Natural Resources Law (392B)
•  Oil and Gas Law (397A)
•  Property Law and Theory (311)
•  Selected Issues in Environmental Law and Policy: Climate Change (389D)
•  Sustainable Development Law (386C)
•  Topics in Natural Resources - Energy Law (398C)
•  Water Law (393)
Other ad hoc "courses" with sufficient environmental or resources law content, such as environmental law moots and directed research papers, as approved by the Director of the Centre on a case-by-case basis.

NOTE, for students who began the JD program before 2012, Administrative Law and one course containing Aboriginal law content are additional requirements. These course requirements became mandatory for all JD students in 2012.

If you have met the above requirements, please contact the Centre's Director, Professor Stepan Wood, at email:, to arrange for issuance of the Specialization certificate.