Environmental and Energy Law

Why Environmental and Energy Law?

Environmental and energy law continues to be an exciting and dynamic area of law. Practitioners with this educational background can practice in a wide variety of industries. USD School of Law's program is unique in that it provides students the opportunity to take academic courses and policy clinics in the field of energy law.

The school's JD and LLM degree programs offer students the opportunity to study and collaborate with renowned faculty, practitioners and policy makers who play leadership roles in legal and policy issues at the state, national and international levels.

JD with Environmental and Energy Law Concentration

  • Total required credits: 18
    • To attain this concentration, students must successfully complete all core courses and a sufficient number of credits from the approved electives to reach a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA): 2.2
    • The minimum cumulative GPA required to obtain the concentration will be based on an average of grades received in courses eligible for concentration credit.
  • Recognition: Certificate and transcript notation
  • Application Process: JD concentration applications must be submitted no later than the applicable deadline stated below. Concentration applications are evaluated after all grades for the graduation term are finalized and JD degrees are officially conferred. Applicants will be notified of the status of their concentration application via email once evaluations are complete.

    application deadlines

    Graduation Month

    Concentration Application Deadline


    April 1 of graduation year


    July 1 of graduation year


    November 1 of graduation year

Concentration Application

  • Courses in Environmental and Energy Law
  • Experience in Environmental and Energy Law
  • Energy Policy Initiatives Center
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