CLE - Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law

Students 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 certificate that they have completed the Specialization. No official notation appears a student's academic transcript. 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 Requirements

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

1. One foundational course: Complete either Natural Resources Law (392B) or Environmental Law (387C);

2. One international law course: Complete one of the following:  International Law and Natural Resources (398D), International Environmental Law (323D), Marine Resources Law (318D), 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. Two additional courses: Complete at least two of the following courses, excluding any course used to fulfill the requirements in sections 1-2 above:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (306D)
  • Environmental Law (387C)
  • Environmental Law in Practice (388C)
  • Environmental Law Workshop (390)
  • Forest Law (395)
  • Fisheries Law (396)
  • Global Environmental & Resources Law Externship Program (379 & 380) (this 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)
  • Selected Issues in Environmental Law and Policy: Climate Change (389D)
  • Sustainable Development Law (386C)
  • Topics in Environmental Law (391D—all versions)
  • Topics in Natural Resources (398C—all versions)
  • Water Law (393)
  • Other courses with sufficient environmental or natural resource law content, including environmental law moots and directed research papers, as approved by the Director of the Centre on a case-by-case basis.

Completion Checklist

If you have met or expect to meet the above requirements in the current academic year, please complete the attached Checklist and submit it to the Centre's Director, Professor Stepan Wood, at at least two months before your anticipated graduation date, and preferably sooner. When Professor Wood has verified your completion of the requirements, he will arrange for issuance of your certificate.

Questions about the Specialization?

Please contact Professor Wood,