Coursework and Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration

Stetson College of Law's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy offers a wide range of environmental and biodiversity-related courses.

The institute also offers a Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law for select J.D. students who wish to focus their studies on environmental law. 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.

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Ecosystem Banking Workshop

In this voluntary enrichment program, students learn about market-based approaches to restoring wetlands, conserving endangered species habitat, improving water quality, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Students prepare case studies on a specific bank and interview representatives from the regulatory agencies, the bank sponsor, environmental groups, and other stakeholders. The workshop is designed to serve as a feeder program for internships with regulatory agencies, mitigation companies, and environmental groups.

Environmental Law Internship

Students work on environmental and land use issues under the direct supervision of government and NGO attorneys. Placements include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Environmental Law Seminar -- Natural Resources

This seminar addresses the law of natural resources -- wildlife, animals, parks, wilderness, water rights, oceans, timber, and minerals. Because these resources cannot, for the most part, be created by human effort, they pose special challenges for law. As students research and write a paper on a topic of their choosing, they read and discuss in the seminar some thought-provoking articles and essays on natural resource management and regulation.

International Environmental Law

This course is an introduction to international legal principles and the application of those principles to specific global environmental problems. The course focuses on current issues in international environmental law, such as ocean resources, stratospheric ozone depletion, global climate change, nuclear energy and weapons, biodiversity protection, and the environmental effects of trade agreements.

Wetland Law and Policy Seminar

This interdisciplinary seminar examines wetland issues from both the scientific and legal perspective. The legal and policy portion of the seminar will focus on the history of wetland regulation, the permit process, mitigation banking, enforcement, and regulatory takings.

Other Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Admiralty
  • Animal Law Seminar
  • Climate Change and Energy Policy
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Hazards Associated with Real Property
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Practice
  • Florida Administrative Law
  • International Animal Law Seminar
  • International Trade and the Environment
  • Land Use Planning
  • Legislation
  • Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy
  • Topics in Biodiversity Law

For more information, visit the Course Catalog.