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

Upcoming events

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A kangaroo

Photo courtesy Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

Friday, October 1, 2021

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith spoke as part of the 2021–22 LEAP Speaker Series. Photo by Daniel Boud

Friday, September 24, 2021

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

In The Press

The Cow-Shaped Hole in Biden’s Methane Plan — A Commentary by Viveca Morris


Viveca Morris is an Associate Research Scholar in Law and the Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

In The Press

European Activists Want to Ban Fossil Fuel Ads. Why Can’t We Do That Here?


Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Faculty Co-director of the Law, Ethics and Animals Program Douglas Kysar explains why it is easier for U.S. authorities to regulate fossil fuel ads by placing stipulations on them rather than prohibiting them.

Monday, October 18, 2021

In The Press

Could Property Law Help Achieve ‘Rights of Nature’ for Wild Animals?

The Revelator

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Faculty Co-director of the Law, Ethics and Animals Program Professor Douglas Kysar summarizes the legal argument for granting property rights to wildlife to protect them from habitat destruction. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

In The Press

How Communities Of Color Are Hurt Most By Climate Change


Professor of Law Gerald Torres ’77 is quoted on how climate change disproportionally affects people of color.

Friday, May 28, 2021

In The Press

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

The New York Times

Professor of Environmental Justice and Professor of Law Gerald Torres ’77 is quoted in a news story about President Joe Biden’s environmental policies.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

In The Press

The Greener Good Series: How Does Business Adapt?

Minnesota Public Radio

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy Daniel Esty ’86 spoke with Minnesota Public Radio about how businesses can adapt to be more environmentally friendly.

Student Profile Videos

Manny Rutinel

Manny Rutinel

A student perspective on environmental law and animal law at Yale Law School.

At heart, Yale Law School is about a distinctive culture of intellectual curiosity about the law. We think good ideas matter. Our faculty and, most of all, our students live this idea every day.”

John Fabian Witt

Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law; Class of 1999