Horseshoe Bend

Environmental Law and Policy Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

[Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in enviornmental law and policy.]

Few fields are as diverse or engaging as that of environmental law, compliance and policy. Together with the outstanding environmental science, economics and policy departments at the University of Arizona, the College of Law can provide rich and rigorous training to those interested in matters of environmental law. Areas include pollution law, water law, natural resources law, energy law, and ecosystem management. Students may wish to obtain the MLS to work in a private firm environmental compliance department, for a government agency in permitting, environmental assessment or compliance, or for an overseas multinational corporation that will inevitably engage with environmental regulation at the domestic or international levels.


LAW 501 - Procedure (3 units)
LAW 502A - American Common Law System I (3 units)
LAW 502B - American Common Law System II (3 units)
LAW 504 - American Public Law System (3 units)
LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
LAW 554 - Environmental Law (3 units)


Complete at least 9 units in substantive courses relevant to Environmental Law and Policy from among the following courses, any additional course that may be listed on the website for the Program in Environmental Law, Science and Policy, or any additional course that is approved in advance by the program director. 

LAW 641 - Water Law 
AREC 576 / LAW 576 - Natural Resources Law and Economics 
LAW 640 - Mining and Public Land Law 
LAW 696I - International Environmental Law 
ECON 578 / LAW 578 - Energy, the Environment and Business Strategy 
PA 581 / LAW 581 - Environmental Policy 
HWRS 596B / LAW 596B - Arizona Water Policy  
GEOG 596I / LAW 596I - Comparative and International Water Policy  
GEOG 596L / LAW 596L - Law, Geography and Property  
LAW 603J - Sustainability and Environmental Policy  
LAW 603M / SWES 603M - Global Climate Change and the Law 
LAW 625 - American Legal History (The Colorado River)  
LAW 627 - Oil and Gas Law  
LAW 630 - Animal Law   
LAW 643D - Native American Natural Resources  
PLG 660 / LAW 662B - Land Use Law 
LAW 697S / AREC 697S - Economics, Law, Environment and Governance Workshop 


Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 3 units of graduate-level study from outside the College of Law in coursework that is relevant to envrionmental law. If a student wishes to take a graduate-level course that is not listed below, he or she should obtain prior approval from the program director.

AREC 575 - Economic Evaluation of Water and Environmental Policy 
ECON 578 / LAW 578 - Energy, the Environment and Business Strategy 
GEOS 578 - Global Change  
GEOG 580 - Power, Politics and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon  
GEOG 596I / LAW 596I - Comparative and International Water Policy 
GEOG 596L / LAW 596L - Law, Geography, and Property   
HWRS / LAW 596B - Arizona Water Policy  
HWRS 515 - Water Resources Policy  
HWRS 520 - Water Resources Management, Planning, and Rights: A Policy Approach 
PA 581 / LAW 581 - Environmental Policy  
PLN 559 - Land Use and Growth Controls  
SWES 544 - Applied Environmental Law  
RNR 585 - Natural Resources Economics and Planning  
RNR 580 - Natural Resources Policy and Law  
PLG 660 / LAW 662B - Land Use Planning Law  

[1] Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.