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Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration

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Environmental law group 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 internship);
  • 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.

Course Registration

Students accepted into the Environmental Law Concentration Program will be given preference by the Registrar for enrollment in any courses listed in the Mandatory Curriculum.

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.

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 Curriculum

Mandatory Curriculum:

  • Environmental Law (3)
  • Administrative Law (3) OR Florida Administrative Law (3)
  • Wetlands Seminar OR Natural Resources Law Seminar OR Animal Law Seminar (3)

Elective Curriculum:

  • Admiralty (3)
  • Animal Law Seminar (3) (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)
  • Environmental Advocacy (2)
  • Environmental Hazards Associated with Real Property (2)
  • Environmental Law Internship (3)
  • International Environmental Law (3)
  • International Animal Law Seminar 
  • International Trade and the Environment (3)
  • Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (maximum of 4)
  • Land Use Law (3)
  • Law Review Writing Credit (if paper has an environmental focus) (2)
  • Legislation (2) effective spring 2014 this course will now be 3 credits
  • Natural Resources Law Seminar (3) (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)
  • Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (3)
  • Water Law: Public and Private Rights (2 or 3)
  • Wetlands Seminar (3) (if not taken to satisfy Mandatory Curriculum)
  • White Collar Crime (3)
  • Stetson summer-abroad courses with an environmental law focus
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