The growing awareness of environmental issues in both local and global communities has established environmental law as an especially important area of practice. Consequently, the need for skilled attorneys versed in both domestic and international environmental law continues to grow. With more courses in international and comparative environmental law than any other school in the country, the Washington College of Law (WCL) has developed a dynamic and rich concentration in environmental law. We now offer over 30 courses in related subjects within a flexible program designed to meet personal career goals.
Through unparalleled access to key domestic and international institutions, the law school provides students the opportunity to participate in field placements to sharpen their practical legal skills. Every semester many students participate in supervised externships in the U.S. federal government, Organization of American States, World Bank, World Resources Institute, National Audubon Society, and other leading public and private institutions.
The Washington College of Law also enjoys a special relationship with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), sponsoring a Joint Research Program in International and Comparative Environmental Law. We sponsor numerous symposia and conferences throughout the year which bring scholars, judges, and practitioners to the law school and further increase awareness of environmental issues among the international community.
WCL offers a supportive and friendly atmosphere marked by cooperation between faculty and students. The faculty takes great pride in its close relationship with students and is available to discuss both classroom materials and questions related to the practice of law. WCL also enjoys an active alumni network. Former students serve in environmental positions with governments, international institutions, public interest organizations, and law firms worldwide, and many alumni contribute to the law school by assisting with externship placements and career opportunities and by serving as adjunct professors. Several are introduced later in this brochure.
On behalf of the Washington College of Law, I welcome your interest in our law school.