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

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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's degree in environmental management (MEM) at the School of the Environment.

Joint Degrees

School of the Environment

Monday, September 11, 2023

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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An estimated 1 billion birds per year are killed by building collisions in the United States alone.

Monday, August 14, 2023

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A black-and-white warbler is perched on a window ledge. Building collisions are among the leading causes of wild bird mortality in the United States. Photo: Laura Erickson.

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

In The Press

The Supreme Court’s Confusing Water Ruling, Explained — A Commentary by Stephen L. Carter ’79

The Washington Post

Stephen L. Carter ’79 is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, May 12, 2023

In The Press

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Prop 12 Is a Win Against Factory Farming. But the Pigs’ Lives Will Still Suck — A Commentary by Doug Kysar and Justin Marceau


Douglas Kysar is Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty co-director of the Law, Ethics and Animals Program.

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.

Student Profile Videos

Manny Rutinel

Manny Rutinel

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

I am proud to say that Yale manages to open doors that are unexpected for many foreign law students.”

Diane Desierto ’09 LLM, ’11 JSD