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

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


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Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, January 24, 2020


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

In The Press

Haaland tells senators she sees ongoing role for fossil fuels

Roll Call

Professor of Law Gerald Torres ’77 is quoted in an article about Deb Haaland, who has been nominated for Secretary of the Interior.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In The Press

World’s tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19


Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights James J. Silk ’89 is quoted in a Reuters story about threats against indigenous people and rainforests during the coronavirus pandemic as governments roll back social and environmental safeguards.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In The Press

Business leaders hope they can satisfy Biden’s big climate goals with their own promises—not regulation


Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy Daniel Esty ’86 is quoted in Fortune article regarding the Biden administration’s goals concerning environmental policy.

Monday, January 4, 2021

In The Press

Finally, a chance for environmental justice — A Commentary by Gerald Torres and Kathleen Rogers

Canton Daily Ledger

Gerald Torres is Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Law at the Law School. Kathleen Rogers is President of

Friday, December 18, 2020

In The Press

With a Single Climate Initiative, Biden Could Generate $4 Trillion for Green Investment — A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67


Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

In The Press

Climate change turns up the heat on ad industry


Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar is quoted in a Reuters story about advertising, climate change, and the energy sector.

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.

At Yale Law School, we think hard about law, with freedom to challenge basic assumptions embedded within our legal institutions and to construct new frameworks.”

Monica Bell

Class of 2009, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology