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UNC Law School offers many different courses in the connected areas of environmental law, energy law, and natural resources. The two basic courses, Environmental Law and Energy Law, are taught every Fall semester. Environmental Law Practice is taught every other year in the Spring.

All other doctinal classes may be taught only once every other year in either the Fall or Spring. Therefore, second and third year students interested in any of these classes should take them the semester they are offered, as they may not be offered again until two more academic years. These classes include: Environmental Justice, Interagency Environmental Cooperation, International Environmental Law: Emphasis Climate Change, Ocean and Coastal Law, Natural Resources the Practice of Environmental Markets including Carbon Trading, and Energy Financing. Several of these courses satisfy either the RWE requirement, the ABA skills requirement or both. Additionally, UNC offers multiple externship opportunities in the environmental and energy areas, including ones with the EPA, FERC, the Justice Department, and many others.

UNC Law students may also take environmental, energy or resource courses at Duke Law School and North Carolina Central Law School if that course is not offered at UNC in the same semester. Descriptions of these classes may be found in the online course listings.

If possible, one should focus on taking environmental law and/or energy law in the fall of the second year as they are building blocks for many of the other classes.

Additionally, students should take Administrative Law as a building block class as soon as possible, and should also think about taking land use control and real estate law. Depending on interests, other related courses may be Animal Law, Agricultural and Food Law, Regulation and Deregulation, Insurance Law, Health Law and others.

Environmental Externship Options (for 3L year and summer school post 1L and 2L years)

Semester in Practice

  • Fall semester 3L year for DOJ Environmental Enrforcement (DC)
  • EPA (DC)
  • SELC (Chapel Hill, Asheville, and Atlanta)

3-credit Options

  • Administrative Law Judges
  • NC DOJ Air/Water/DOT
  • DENR
  • Durham City Attorney
  • National Institute of Environmental Health
  • SELC
  • NC Conservation Network
  • School of Government Environmental Finance Center
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