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View of a factory in the middle of a green farmland in the early morning twilight ~ Factory pipes polluting air in a silent morning, a serious environmental issue
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Online MJ in Environmental Law

Few regulatory systems have the global reach and critical importance of environmental law, and the most essential work on environmental issues demands deep knowledge of the relevant legal framework.

The online Master of Jurisprudence in Environmental Law from Tulane University Law School offers up-to-the-minute training in these evolving regulations to participants on all sides of environmental issues—businesses, industries, individuals, governmental regulators, environmental groups and more. If you work in one of these regulated entities, regulatory bodies or advocacy groups, embrace this opportunity to develop expertise across the field of environmental law and learn to appreciate its impact on all potential stakeholders.

Situated in the environmentally rich and fragile Gulf Coast, Tulane Law School has an intimate connection to the importance of environmental protections and the complexity of their administration. Join us today, and build knowledge of air and water protections, environmental tort law, pollution and hazardous waste law, and other essential legal issues that can impact your career, your community and the planet.

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Program at a Glance

  • 12 courses
  • 30 credits
  • Mix of required and elective courses
  • Culminating capstone project course
  • Mix of live classes and asynchronous coursework
  • 15-week semesters
  • Complete in as few as two years
  • Three opportunities to start per year

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Engage With Environmental Law Experts

By earning your MJ in Environmental Law at Tulane, you’ll have access to a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge in specific legal areas through engagement and collaboration with some of the most notable forward-thinking legal minds in the field.

The Center for Environmental Law, operated by Tulane Law School, promotes programs that serve students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large. The center publishes the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, hosts an annual law and policy summit, and is home to the Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy and the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.

The Center for Environmental Law can add additional dimensions to your student experience by helping you expand your network of peers and opportunities and by expanding your exposure to people and events that shape the way environmental law will be crafted, interpreted and administered in the coming years.

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Grow Your Career

Whether you want to work for an environmental advocacy nonprofit, a business whose industry is subject to environmental regulations or a government agency, there are no shortage of career opportunities that require knowledge of environmental law.

Hone your knowledge the regulatory framework that will shape the very future of life on this planet with the unique online environmental law degree from Tulane, and pursue roles in:

  • Government agencies
  • Regulated environmental agencies
  • Think tanks and public policy groups
  • Energy corporations
  • Renewable energy startups
  • Environmental advocacy organizations
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Online MJ in Environmental Law Curriculum

The online MJ in Environmental Law comprises 30 total credits, divided between 24 credits delivered over 9 core courses and an additional 6 credits of elective courses.

Core Courses

  • Energy Law, Regulation and Policy Survey (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Legal Study, Research and Legal Writing I (2 credits)
  • Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy Survey (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Legal Study, Research and Legal Writing II (2 credits)
  • Pollution Control (2 credits)
  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
  • Environmental Justice and Public Trust (3 credits)
  • Capstone (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
  • Hazardous Waste Law (3 credits)
  • Clean Air Law (2 credits)
  • Clean Water Law (2 credits)
  • Law and Climate Change (2 credits)
  • Toxic Tort Law (3 credits)
  • Water Law and Policy (2 credits)
  • Land Use Law (2 credits)
  • Ocean and Coastal Law (3 credits)
  • Law, Science and the Environment (2 credits)

Elective courses offered in each term are subject to availability.

Learn From Our Best and Brightest

The faculty of the online MJ in Environmental Law program is made up of a combination of practicing legal professionals in environment-related fields and experienced full-time professors. Sharpen your skill set and prepare yourself for your next professional challenge by studying with experts who live and breathe environmental law every day and seasoned intellectuals with unparalleled understanding of its nuances.

Learn From a Leader in Online Education

Our online MJ in Environmental Law program has been designed specifically for seamless delivery and engagement in an online format. Recorded lectures and course materials available 24/7 ensure you are able to complete the bulk of your assignments on your own schedule without sacrificing any of your existing personal or professional responsibilities. And weekly live courses help you strengthen the connections you’ll make with your classmates and engage more deeply with your professors’ deep subject-matter knowledge.

An Immersive Experience at Tulane

All students in the online MJ in Environmental Law program take part in a dynamic Education Immersion Weekend. This two-day experience is your opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the vibrant city of New Orleans, meet your faculty and classmates face to face, build your professional network, and engage in meaningful conversations and attend lectures on the environmental issues that shape and are shaped by this vital body of regulations.

Immersion Weekends are held each summer,* and all students are required to attend at least one during their time in the online MJ in Environmental Law program.

*Immersion Weekend has been cancelled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two Immersion Weekends will be held in 2022, with dates in January and July.


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Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline
August 9
Fall 2021 Term
Next Start
August 30
Fall 2021 Term
Application Deadline
December 13
Spring 2022 Term
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