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



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


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

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

In The Press

10 enormously consequential things Biden can do without the Senate


LEAP Faculty Co-Director Jonathan Lovvorn is quoted in Vox about how the Biden administration can confront factory farming through executive orders and agency actions.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In The Press

Five actions Biden should take to build a more humane food system — A Commentary by Viveca Morris and Jonathan Lovvorn

The Hill

Viveca Morris is Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School. Jonathan Lovvorn is Faculty Co-Director of the Law, Ethics, & Animal Program.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In The Press

Biden could do a lot to fight factory farming even without Congress


LEAP’s Jonathan Lovvorn and Viveca Morris are quoted in Vox about what a tough stance on factory farming could look like under the Biden administration.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In The Press

UN-linked plan charts US course to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

The Hill

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy Daniel Esty ’86 is quoted in The Hill about the Zero Carbon Action Plan.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

In The Press

This Supreme Court Was Designed to Kill Climate Policies

The New Republic

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence Samuel Moyn and Professor of Law Amy Kapczynski ’03 are quoted in the New Republic about the Supreme Court and climate change. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In The Press

Esty Sees COVID-19 Responses Guiding States On Environmental Crises

Inside EPA

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy Daniel Esty ’86 is quoted in an InsideEPA article about how states’ COVID-19 response is shaping their policies relating to environmental crises. 

Student Profile Videos


Lynsey Gaudioso

A student perspective on environmental law, the joint degree program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and clinics.

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