Environmental Law

Environmental Law

With today's Green revolution and the growing need for conservation, many lawyers look to focus their careers towards the environmental arena. At Miami Law, students can take a variety of courses to prepare themselves to one day work in some aspect of environmental law either in government, the non-profit sector, corporations, or in private practice.

Hands-On Learning Options: Domestic & International

Related Courses, Seminars, Clinics

  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Climate Change*
  • Legal Environment and Business Planning in Aquaculture*
  • Coastal Zone Management*
  • Ocean & Coastal Law
  • Environmental Litigation and Policies
  • Maritime Pollution
  • Toxic Torts and Toxic Regulation
  • Marine Ecology and the Law
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Natural Resources and Energy Law
  • Everglades/Ecosystem Restoration Seminar
*Offered at RSMAS.


Joint Degree Options in Marine Affairs and Environmental Science

  • J.D./M.P.S. in Marine Affairs - Miami Law also offers a this joint degree with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science -- ranked as one of the top five Geoscience institutions in the United States
  • J.D./Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy (ECS) from the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS)

Joint Degree / LLM Options in Maritime (Admiralty) Law

Joint Degree / LLM Options in Real Estate Development

Miami Law offers expert study in real estate development and real estate courses with a focus on the environment including: Environmental Regulation of Real Property, Wetland Regulation and Real Property, and The Law of Green Buildings.

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Rosentstiel School

University of Miami Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)

The law school draws upon the expertise of RSMAS graduate school by offering a joint degree program in Marine Affairs and the ability to take courses at RSMAS when studying Maritime Law.

As one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world, the School's basic and applied research interests encompass virtually all marine-related sciences. 


In addition, the faculty includes some of the leading experts on Environmental Law issues with experience working on top level environmental policy initiatives.

Professor Bernard Oxman is one of the world's top experts on the laws of the sea and currently sits on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Professor Richard Williamson teaches introductory and advanced courses in environmental law, courses and seminars on international environmental law.
Adjunct Professor Daniel Suman's research focuses on coastal management in Latin America, planning and enforcement in Marine Protected Areas, and public participation in environmental planning.
Felix Mormann is an expert on energy policy and issues.
Professor Tony Alfieri leads the law school’s Environmental Justice Project.
Visiting Professor Daniel Magraw is an expert in international law and policy, particularly relating to environmental protection.

Student Organizations

At Miami Law there is also an active Environmental Law Society and Maritime Law Society, and Student Dive Bar Chapter. Other organizations also explore environmental issues. For example, in 2017 the University of Miami Law Review symposium discussed "Climate Wrongs and Human Rights."


Alex Babcock discusses why she chose Miami Law so she could pursue this combination of degrees in Miami which has many of the marine threats experienced around the world and would give her the best overview for her desired career path.


Students can travel to Vietnam and China in the summer to study a broad spectrum of water issues including:

  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater
  • Groundwater
  • Wetlands
  • Dams
  • International rivers
  • Vietnam/China

Professor Bernard Oxman Helps Settle Claims to Bay of Bengal.

Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Miami Law Students Study Water Resources in Vietnam and China in Summer Course 

The Future of International Environmental Law: A Conversation with World Renowned Environmental Attorney Dan Magraw