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

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A blackpoll warbler killed by a window collision.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

headshots of the LEAP student gran recipients

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) announced 10 recipients of the LEAP Student Grant Program from across Yale University.

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Sonoran pronghorn, one of the subjects of research by Saylor Soinski ’23. photo: James Fee/Creative Commons

Thursday, April 21, 2022

View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.

A view of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon in 1972.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

tar sands spill in Arkansas

A tar sands oil spill in Arkansas in 2013. Courtesy National Wildlife Federation.

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Friday, January 24, 2020


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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

In The Press

New Haven and Yale Community Discuss Rising Meat Prices

Yale Daily News

LEAP Student Fellow Manny Rutinel LAW ’22 and LEAP Executive Director Viveca Morris speak with The Yale Daily News about the Biden administration’s plans to address meat industry concentration.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

In The Press

Don’t Make Meat Cheaper. Make It Much More Expensive

The New Republic

“Our government subsidizes the giant meat corporations indirectly by allowing them to push devastating costs onto the public with impunity,” explains LEAP Executive Director Viveca Morris in The New Republic.

Student Profile Videos

Manny Rutinel

Manny Rutinel

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

I’ve been continually inspired by how my classmates have built unexpected careers that are so firmly rooted in the collaborative outlook, dedication, intellectual curiosity, and engagement we shared at Yale. I’m a stronger entrepreneur because I try to infuse the organizations I build with these YLS values.”

Jane Park ’96

CEO & Entrepreneur