Certificate in ELUL

Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law

In today’s complex legal practice, lawyers increasingly must specialize. Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate Program, students can graduate from law school with a valuable credential that indicates both concentration and accomplishment in these two fields. Certificate requirements were developed by faculty in consultation with an advisory board comprised of leading practitioners from private firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations. It is a focused and rigorous program designed to prepare new lawyers to work in these specialized fields and assume responsibility quickly. Certificate Program students receive tailored academic advisement and career development guidance from Environmental & Land Use Law Program Faculty.

Certificate Requirements

To receive a certificate upon graduation, students must successfully complete:

  • The 5 required core courses
  • The 5 credit hours in approved electives, including a seminar or course which satisfies the senior writing requirement
  • The 3 credit hours in approved ELUL skills courses:
      • An externship in environmental or land use law
      • the Conservation Clinic
      • Environmental Dispute Resolution, or
      • another ELUL skills course with approval of the ELULP Director.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in 15 credits of the core and elective environmental and land use courses they complete

ELULP Certificate Program Enrollment Form

Non-Law School Courses

Subject to the graduate course option limitations, the Director may approve electives for credit toward the Environmental & Land Use Law certification requirements from the extensive offerings of the University of Florida, such as offerings from:

  • School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Center for Wetlands of the College of Engineering
  • Department of Urban & Regional Planning of the College of Architecture

Testimonial

“The professor I’m working for was blown away by how much I knew about the Clean Water Act, NPDES, TMDLs, LID, and the ol’ 24-hour design storm. And during the interview, I was able to talk all about the visits and interviews we did in Treasure Island, and she was particularly impressed with that sort of hands-on experience.“ – TJ McCourt (J.D. 2007)

TJ was a law student in the clinic who is now in the graduate school of design at Harvard.