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

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A.J. Hudson

A.J. Hudson ’23 has received a Switzer Environmental Fellowship.

October 14 Thursday
October 29 Friday


2021 Global Environmental Justice Conference

Kroon Hall - Burke Auditorium (195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511) Virtual/In-person hybrid

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, January 24, 2020


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.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

In The Press

Why Meat and Dairy Corporations are the Achilles’ Heel of Biden’s Climate Plan — A Commentary by Viveca Morris

Los Angeles Times

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In The Press

These are the World’s Largest Banks That are Increasing and Decreasing Their Fossil Fuel Financing

Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, and Securities Law Jonathan Macey ’82 is quoted in a CNBC report on commercial and investment banks and the fossil fuel industry.

Friday, April 16, 2021

In The Press

Yale Creates New Principles for Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Yale Daily News

Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, and Securities Law Jonathan R. Macey ’82 is quoted in the Yale Daily News about new principles for investment in the fossil fuel industry approved by the Yale Corporation. Professor Macey is chair of the University’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility.

Student Profile Videos

Manny Rutinel

Manny Rutinel

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

Most people think there is a giant gap between doing academic work and doing real practice work. This law school has relentlessly refused to accept that gap. And you see it every day.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law