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  • In today’s complex legal practice, lawyers increasingly must specialize. Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, students can graduate from law school with a valuable credential that indicates both concentration and accomplishment in these two fields. 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. Students in this program receive tailored academic advisement and career development guidance from Environmental & Land Use Law Program Faculty.

    Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Certificate

    This is a Levin College of Law Certificate Program, not a University of Florida Certificate Program.  Completion of the program will be recognized with a Certificate from the Levin College of Law, but will not be reflected on a diploma or transcript issued by the University.

     Requirements for the Certificate (Both Tracks)

    To complete this program, students must successfully complete:

    • The 5 required core courses for the relevant track
    • The 5 credit hours in approved electives, including a seminar or course which satisfies the senior writing requirement for the relevant track
    • The 3 credit hours in an approved skills courses:
    • an externship in environmental, land use, or real estate law
    • the Conservation Clinic

    or

    • another skills course with approval of the Director

    and must

    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in 15 credits of the core and elective environmental, land use, or real estate courses they complete.

    Environmental and Land Use Track

    Required Core Courses

    • Environmental Law (3 credits)
    • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
    • Land Use Planning and Control Law (3 credits)
    • Administrative Law (3 credits) or Florida Administrative Law (2 credits)
    • Capstone Colloquium (1 credit)

    Electives

    • Administrative Law (3 credits)
    • Advanced Takings Law (2-3 credits)
    • Agricultural Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Condominium & Community Development Law (2 credits)
    • Conservation Clinic (3 credits; may be taken for 1 or 2 semesters)
    • Energy Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Externship (up to 6 credits)
    • Florida Administrative Law (2-3 credits)
    • Independent Study – Must be overseen by an environmental or land use law member (up to 3 credits)
    • International and Comparative Environmental Law* (2 credits)
    • International and Comparative Environmental Law Skills Lab* (1 credit)
    • International Environmental Law
    • International Law of the Sea
    • Land Finance (3 credits)
    • Law & Economics (2-3 credits)
    • Local Government Law (2-3 credits)
    • Mediation (2-3 credits)
    • Negotiation and Mediation (3-4 credits)
    • Negotiation (2-3 credits)
    • Statutory Interpretations (2 credits)
    • Water Law (2 credits)
    • Wetlands and Watersheds: Law, Science & Policy (3 credits)

    Seminars

    • Animal Rights & the Law
    • Climate Change Law
    • Historic Preservation Law
    • Land Use
    • Sea Level Rise Law and Policy
    • Supreme Court and the Environment
    • Takings Law
    • Wildlife Law

    NOTE: Because course offerings sometimes change due to faculty sabbaticals, the development of new courses, the presence of visiting or new faculty or for other reasons, the Director may grant waivers to certificate requirements or approve additional courses not currently listed as counting towards certificate requirements in appropriate circumstances. Other courses may qualify as program electives with the Director’s approval.

    In addition to the core courses and electives, students interested in deeper knowledge about environmental and land use issues can draw on the resources and opportunities offered by the University of Florida, a major research University with a wealth of relevant programs and degrees.

    *Offered through the Summer Environmental Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

    Real Estate and Land Use Law Track

    Required Core Courses

    • Land Use Planning and Control Law (3 credits)
    • Real Estate Law (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Real Estate (REE 6045) (2 credits)**
    • Local Government Law (3 credits)
    • Capstone Colloquium (1 credit)

    Electives

    • Administrative Law (3 credits)
    • Advanced Takings Law (2-3 credits)
    • Agricultural Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Condominium & Community Development Law (2 credits)
    • Conservation Clinic (3 credits; may be taken for 1 or 2 semesters)
    • Energy Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Externship (up to 6 credits)
    • Independent Study – Must be overseen by a Land Use or Real Estate Faculty member (up to 3 credits)
    • Land Finance (3 credits)
    • Law & Economics (2-3 credits)
    • Mediation (2-3 credits)
    • Negotiation and Mediation (3-4 credits)
    • Negotiation (2-3 credits)
    • Statutory Interpretations (2 credits)
    • Water Law (2 credits)
    • Wetlands and Watersheds: Law, Science & Policy (3 credits)
    • Any course included in the required or elective curriculum for UF’s Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (1-3 credits)***

    Seminars

    • Climate Change Law
    • Historic Preservation Law
    • International Environment & Trade
    • Land Use
    • Sea Level Rise Law and Policy
    • Takings Law
    • Wildlife Law

    NOTE: Because course offerings sometimes change due to faculty sabbaticals, the development of new courses, the presence of visiting or new faculty or for other reasons, the Director may grant waivers to certificate requirements or approve additional courses not currently listed as counting towards certificate requirements in appropriate circumstances. Other courses may qualify as program electives with the Director’s approval.

    In addition to the core courses and electives, students interested in deeper knowledge about land use and real issues can draw on the resources and opportunities offered by the University of Florida, a major research University with a wealth of relevant programs and degrees. In particular, students interested primarily in real estate development are encouraged to consider electives from among the curricular offerings associated with UF’s Nathan S. Collier Masters in the Science of Real Estate Program.

    Students seeking even greater technical expertise in real estate development, market and transactional analysis, and valuation and appraisal may also want to explore enrollment in the popular joint JD/MSRE degree program. The program requirements are described at: http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/msre/options/joint/.

    **Note this course is offered through the Warrington School of Business and counts towards JD students’ total of 6 credits of non-LAW courses that can count toward the JD degree.  This course is offered on a modular schedule that differs from the law school calendar and schedule.

    ***Instructor’s permission required; some courses may have prerequisites. JD. Students not enrolled in the joint JD/MSRE program can count a total of 6 credits of graduate coursework from another UF College toward the JD.  A complete listing of the courses included in the MSRE curriculum is available at: http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/msre/options/traditional/curriculum.asp.

    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.