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Academic Programs|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Dual JD/MA in Environment and Natural Resources and Law

The joint JD/MA in Environment and Natural Resources and law combines ENR and other on-campus courses, law courses, internship experience, and a thesis. The JD/MA degree requires 30 total credit hours, 12 of which can be drawn from the law school.

Students are required to complete a non-thesis paper or project called known as the "Plan B." Such projects ask students to apply their interdisciplinary training to a relevant natural resource question. Some possible products are a draft policy or set of policy recommendations, an environmental analysis, or a more traditional scholarly paper. In conjunction with an ENR advisor, candidates for the joint degree will build a committee comprised of faculty from the College of Law and ENR, and ultimately defend their work before a public audience and the members of this committee.

The joint degree will typically require at least one additional semester of work beyond the six common in the College of Law. Students should plan for 3-4 years to complete the joint program.

Students interested in the JD/MA degree may apply directly to the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Please e-mail for more information.

Course requirements

ENR core courses, 6 credit hours

  • ENR 5000, Approaches to ENR Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • ENR 5900, Applied Environmental Assessment (3 credits)

Disciplines, 9 credit hours

Choose 1 course from each of 3 disciplines

  • Human Dimensions
  • Science and Engineering
  • Quantitative or Qualitative Methods

Environmental or natural resource law courses, 12 credit hours

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Water Law

Professional internship, 3 credit hours

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