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Law and Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Bachelor of Science

Law and Environment & Natural Resources

JD in Law + dual Master of Arts in ENR


Law students accepted into the University of Wyoming (UW) are invited to add a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources (JD/MA ENR) to their degree program.

Offered by the University of Wyoming College of Law and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), this concurrent degree program results in two degrees in three or three and a half years. Coursework and thesis research develop experience in interdisciplinary content, analytical tools and problem-solving skills used to address complex natural resource issues.

JD/MA ENR students collaborate across campus to practice critical thinking and collaborative problem solving for natural resource challenges. You'll take on a Plan B thesis project to research an environment and natural resources challenge of your choice. You'll also learn with Haub School graduate students who bring expertise from a range of disciplines. Students who earn a JD/MA ENR have a variety of professional opportunities available to them; in addition to traditional practice in a law firms, graduating students may take positions in academia, policy development, private industry, nonprofit, and local, state, and federal government agencies.

Students in the JD/MA ENR will:

  • Be conversant across a range of fields of environmental significance, spanning science and technology, policy and regulation, to human dimensions of natural resources;
  • Understand and evaluate the relationship of their disciplines to other relevant ENR fields; and
  • Produce discourse, scholarship, and practical solutions that address the complexity of ENR challenges.

Application process and Requirements:

We accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis. There is no due date for applications. However, students are encouraged to submit an application to the JD/MA ENR degree program concurrently with submitting an application to the College of Law. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Haub School JD/MA Program Coordinator, Professor Temple Stoellinger (tstoelli@uwyo.edu) prior to submitting their application to discuss the program.

Students may apply to add the JD/MA ENR at any point before or during their law program, although adding the dual degree later may delay graduation from both programs. Graduation with the JD/MA ENR degree is simultaneous with the JD degree, i.e., you will not graduate with the JD until the JD/MA ENR degree is completed.

Review the JD/MA Student Handbook for the full application requirements: 

JD/MA Student Handbook


COURSES YOU'LL TAKE:

Each JD/MA ENR student must satisfactorily complete 30 credit hours in ENR, ENR Law, and Plan B thesis.

Plan B Thesis Seminar: 1 credit
A seminar course providing instruction on the Plan B Thesis requirements.

Plan B Thesis: 2 credits
Student will produce an interdisciplinary, rigorous, and original work that deepens the student's knowledge of the interface of law and ENR issues.

enr coursework

15 CREDITS

2 required ENR core courses + 3 elective courses from 7 ENR categories. 

enr law coursework

12 CREDITS

4 ENR Law courses selected from 14 Law courses.

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Haub School of ENR

University of Wyoming
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099
Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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