Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Certificate

If possible, students should notify the registrar of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year.  In addition to all other degree requirements, students must complete:

A core consisting of:

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law

Any one of the following field placement or writing experiences:

  • Field Placement focused on environmental, energy, or natural resources law, such as with the U.S. EPA, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a nonprofit organization, or other appropriate agency or organization (arranged by faculty and under faculty supervision, with approval by the certificate director)
  • Kansas Law Review or Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy (with a note or comment on an environmental, energy, or natural resources law topic)
  • Preparation of a 2-credit Independent Research paper on an environmental, energy, or natural resources law topic
  • National Environmental Moot Court Competition, or other moot court competition focused on environmental, energy, or natural resources law approved by the certificate director

Four courses in the subject area. Choose all four from among the following electives, or combine three from this list with one from the secondary list below:

  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law Seminar-rotating topics (recent offerings include Environmental Justice; Climate Change Law and Policy)
  • Global Challenges in Law, Agriculture, Development, and Ecology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Special Topics courses directly related to environment, energy, and/or natural resources-with approval of the certificate director
  • Water Law

Up to one course of the required four may come from among the following electives: 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law
  • Land Transactions
  • Local Government Law
  • Public International Law
  • Other Special Topics courses - with approval of the certificate director

Course descriptions



Uma Outka
Professor of Law