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

Goldman Sonnenfeldt 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

Friday, March 3, 2023

John H. Knox stands before a door and a chalkboard

John H. Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, discussed his time as the first U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights at a March 2 Human Rights Workshop.

Thursday, November 3, 2022


Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

In The Press

New Jersey Latest State to Sue Oil Companies Over Climate Misinformation

The Guardian

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar comments on states suing oil companies over their role in the climate crisis.

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.

Student Profile Videos


Paul Rink

A student perspective on financial aid and environmental law.

Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.”

Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright

2012 Commencement Address