One of the CLE’s core programs is the Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law for JD students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Students in the JD program may earn a Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law by undertaking a course of study that thoroughly prepares them for a demanding practice in environmental or natural resource law in a global environment. Eligible students receive a certificate that they have completed the Specialization. No official notation appears a student’s academic transcript, but students may note achievement of the Specialization on their CVs. The Specialization is not available to graduate (LLM or PhD) students, although such students may enroll in some of UBC’s environmental and resource law courses.

Specialization Requirements

In order to earn the Specialization, a student must compete three requirements:

  1. Either Natural Resources Law (Law 392B) or Environmental Law (Law 387C);
  2. One course with international law content from the following list:
    • International Law and Natural Resources (Law 398D)
    • International Environmental Law (Law 323D)
    • Marine Resources Law (Law 318D)
    • Sustainable Development Law (Law 386)
    • Another course with relevant international law content (including an individual directed research paper) approved by the Director of the Centre for Law & the Environment.
  3. At least two additional courses from the following list, excluding any course used to fulfill the requirements in sections 1-2 above:
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (Law 306D)
    • Environmental Law (Law 387C)
    • Environmental Law in Practice (Law 388C)
    • Environmental Law Workshop (Law 390)
    • Forest Law (Law 395)
    • Fisheries Law (Law 396)
    • Global Environmental & Resources Law Externship Program (Law 379 & 380) (this counts as two courses).
    • International Law and Natural Resources (Law 398)
    • International Environmental Law (Law 323)
    • Land Use Planning (Law 375)
    • Marine Resources Law (Law 318D)
    • Mining Law (Law 394)
    • Natural Resources Law (Law 392B)
      Sample Environmental and Natural Resource Law Specialization certificate
      Sample certificate
    • Oil and Gas Law (Law 397A)
    • Selected Issues in Environmental Law and Policy: Climate Change (Law 389D)
    • Sustainable Development Law (Law 386C)
    • Topics in Environmental Law (Law 391D—all versions)
    • Topics in Natural Resources (Law 398C—all versions)
    • Water Law (Law 393)
    • Other courses with sufficient environmental or natural resource law content, including environmental law moots and directed research papers, as approved by the Director of the Centre on a case-by-case basis.

Completion Checklist

If you have met or expect to meet the above requirements in the current academic year, please complete the Environmental law specialization checklist and submit it to the CLE Director, Professor Stepan Wood, at wood@allard.ubc.ca at least two months before your anticipated graduation date, and preferably sooner. When Professor Wood has verified your completion of the requirements, he will arrange for issuance of your certificate.

Questions about the Specialization?

Please contact Professor Wood, wood@allard.ubc.ca.