Environmental & Natural Resources Law Certificate

Students must notify the associate dean for academic affairs before the end of their first full academic year of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements. In addition to all other degree requirements, students must complete:

A core consisting of:

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law Survey
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources

Any one of the following clinical or writing experiences:

  • Legislative Clinic (with a paper on an environmental or natural resources law topic)
  • Public Policy Clinic (with a paper on an environmental or natural resources law topic)
  • Externship with the Kansas City regional office Environmental Protection Agency (arranged by faculty and under faculty supervision)
  • Externship with a local environmental or natural resources law public interest group (under faculty supervision), or preparation of a 2-credit Independent Research paper (with a paper on an environmental or natural resources law topic)
  • Kansas Law Review or Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy (with a note or comment on an environmental or natural resources law topic)

A minimum of twelve additional hours of credit from among the following electives:

  • Agricultural Law
  • Biodiversity Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law
  • Environmental Law Seminar
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Government Control of Land Development
  • Land Transactions
  • Local Government Law
  • Native American Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public International Law
  • Special Topics- with approval of the certificate director
  • Water Law

Course descriptions

In addition to fulfilling these requirements, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in courses that count toward the certificate to be eligible for the certificate.


Uma Outka
Associate Professor of Law

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