LLM programs aimed at helping law graduates to focus on the primary legal issues surrounding environmental legislation – the LLM in Environmental Law – are increasing in popularity, assisting students to critically evaluate current practice and research in this area.
The majority of LLM courses in Environmental Law can be studied in one year of full-time study, or for those students who prefer to study part time in order to fit around other work or family commitments, the course can be completed in two years. A full-time course generally involves attending a two hour seminar once a week, with extra preparation time.
WHICH MODULES CAN BE STUDIED?
Depending on the institution attended, the content of an LLM in Environmental Law will vary, however in general the majority of modules studied will encompass the same themes. The most common areas of study include:
Conservation of biological diversity
Principles of international environmental law
Law of the sea
Laws regarding transboundary pollution
International law of treaties
The role of the law in promoting development
Human and animal rights
Principles of public international law
LLMs in Environmental Law is now becoming more popular thanks to an increasing interest in environmental issues worldwide, therefore more and more institutions are now offering this course. Potential students can currently attend 23 universities in the UK and Ireland to take this course, so wherever you are located, you should be able to find a convenient institution to attend. There are also numerous opportunities to study this discipline abroad, especially in the USA where this is also an extremely popular option.
WHY STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW?
It is easy to see why environmental law is becoming such a popular area of study as interest in our impact on the environment is increasing. Governments around the world are beginning to realise the effect that policies and legislation can have on the natural world and, in turn, the effect that this can have on health, wildlife and the potential future for the planet. Many law graduates choose to specialise in environmental law in order to play a role in protecting animal and human life as well as our planet from harmful legislation. Helping governments to develop natural resources in the safest possible way is a great choice for any law graduate.
Those who complete the LLM in Environmental Law can go on to work for governments around the world advising on policy issues relating to the environment. There is also good potential to work for large multi-national companies or not for profit organisations. Graduates may also find employment with any law practice with a specialism in environmental law. Many graduates go on to further academic study by undertaking a doctorate in environmental law studies.