How We Are Involved

Environmental Law

Outstanding faculty and visiting faculty, new curricular offerings, a strong partnership with Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES), 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



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. The Center also sponsors an Environmental Law and Policy Lecture Series, which provides a forum for visiting scholars, politicians, and environmental professionals.

Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental Protection Clinic

Yale Environmental Law Association

Upcoming events

Joint Degrees

Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 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 Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Joint Degrees

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In The Press

California communities suing Big Oil over climate change face a key hearing Wednesday

The Los Angeles Times

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is quoted in the Los Angeles Times about a group of California communities suing fossil fuel companies for their contribution to climate change and the damages resulting from it.

Friday, January 31, 2020

In The Press

Big Oil: Dismissal of Kids Climate Case Should Doom All Climate Cases

Climate Liability News

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is quoted in Climate Liability News about the recent dismissal of the landmark youth climate case, Juliana v. United States.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In The Press

Windows of opportunity — A Commentary by Viveca Morris

Yale Daily News

Viveca Morris, Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at the Law School, writes in the Yale Daily News about how retrofitting windows can help address the nation’s bird crisis.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

In The Press

Journalist discusses humans, animals

Yale Daily News

The Yale Daily News reports on an event with journalist Charles Siebert, cosponsored by the Law, Ethics & Animals Program.

Monday, January 6, 2020

In The Press

The climate in California

Yale Alumni Magazine

Mary Nichols ’71 head of the California Air Resources Board, is profiled in the Yale Alumni Magazine.

Monday, December 30, 2019

In The Press

2019: The Year Climate Litigation Hit High Gear

Climate Liability News

Doug Kysar, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the YLS Law, Ethics & Animals Program, is quoted in article about the importance of climate lawsuits in courts around the globe.

Student Profile Videos

Manny Rutinel

Manny Rutinel

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

One of the things that makes this job magic is the students. They’re unbelievably smart, the best lawyers you can imagine. But they care so deeply. And what always amazes me is they’re unfailingly modest about what they do.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law