How We Are Involved

Environmental Law

Outstanding faculty and visiting faculty, new curricular offerings, a strong partnership with Yale’s School of the Environment, and an active environmental law clinic are just some of the elements of Yale Law School’s expanded program in environmental law and policy.

Program on Law and the Environment


Course Offerings

LEAP lectures

Centers & Programs

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy draws upon resources throughout the University to introduce students to environmental law challenges. The Center runs the Environmental Protection Clinic, where law students address environmental law problems. More recently, Yale Law School also launched the Law, Ethics & Animals Program, which is dedicated to impactful learning and scholarship about the deep legal, scientific and moral questions that humanity’s treatment of animals raises.

Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental Protection Clinic

Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP)

Yale Environmental Law Association

Joint Degrees

Yale Law School and the Yale School of the Environment offer students the opportunity to jointly pursue a JD at Yale Law School and a master degree in environmental management (MEM) at the School of the Environment.

Joint Degrees

School of the Environment

September 8 Thursday


LEAP Speaker Series


October 12 Wednesday
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


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Friday, January 24, 2020


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

In The Press

How West Virginia v. EPA Changed the Administrative State — A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

The Spectator

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, July 25, 2022

In The Press

Why Your House Was So Expensive

The Atlantic

Scholarship by Professor of Law Zachary Liscow ’15 is cited in explaining why home construction and other kinds of construction are so costly in the U.S.

Monday, March 21, 2022

In The Press

Oil Giants Wage ‘Endless’ Disputes Before Climate Case Trials

Bloomberg Law

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar comments on a climate misinformation lawsuit — one of several filed nationally — moving closer to trial in a state court.

Monday, March 7, 2022

In The Press

Beef Lobbyists Celebrate Methane ‘Win’ at COP26


Viveca Morris, Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program, is quoted about the overlooked seriousness of methane pollution from animal agriculture.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

In The Press

In Clampdown on U.S. Methane Emissions, Belching Cattle Get a Pass

The Wall Street Journal

Associate Research Scholar in Law and the Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program Viveca Morris is quoted about the agriculture industry and the Biden administration’s efforts to curb methane emissions.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

In The Press

Podcast: Rob Dunn on What the Laws of Biology Predict About our Future

When We Talk About Animals

In this podcast episode, ecologist Rob Dunn speaks with LEAP Executive Director Viveca Morris and Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law Jennifer Skene about how natural history will dictate human destiny.

Student Profile Videos


Lynsey Gaudioso

A student perspective on environmental law, the joint degree program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and clinics.

The clinics at YLS offer students incomparable experiences in representation of poor and marginalized individuals and communities, real-world engagement in complex fields of law, and the development of strategic judgment critical to effective lawyering.”

Professor Muneer Ahmad

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education