"Michigan offers wonderful interdisciplinary learning, research, and professional development opportunities for those interested in environmental law. Besides excellent legal training, our students have access to strong programs in the sciences, public policy, business, and public health, all in the context of a Michigan tradition of working together to solve complex policy problems."
—Prof. Nina Mendelson
Dual Degrees and Interdiscliplinary Opportunities
Environmental law brings together multiple disciplines in ways that exceed most other curricular and practice areas. Environmental attorneys are litigators, regulators, compliance officers, and policy-makers; their work depends upon expertise in ecology, biology, chemistry, engineering, risk science, toxicology, public health, and resource management. To be successful, environmental attorneys must have the ability to work with people across disciplines and to translate complex scientific concepts into accessible language. At Michigan, that process starts with an interdisciplinary emphasis along with joint degree programs that no other top law school can match. Michigan Law offers a range of outstanding dual degree programs, including one of the only Law and Natural Resources (JD/MS) programs in the country. Michigan also offers superb Law and Public Policy (JD/MPP), Law and Business Administration (JD/MBA), and Law and Public Health (JD/MHSA or MPH) programs. Students seeking dual degrees may apply to the programs that interest them during their first or second year of law studies. Ad hoc dual degree programs can also be designed to fit the more narrowly tailored needs of individual students who wish to pursue careers in environmental and natural resources law.
In addition to dual degrees, Michigan Law offers a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities for students interested in environmental law. Students can take environmental courses at other schools on campus, including the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ford School of Public Policy, the Ross School of Business, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs sponsored by the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Center for Sustainable Systems, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. Few universities can offer its students more opportunities to explore different aspects of environmental issues than the University of Michigan.
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