Widener Law students interested in earning an Environmental Law Certificate can undertake a course of study through the Law & Government Institute
designed to explore the impact of the legislative process on environmental law. Successful completion of the certificate program requires three courses, an externship, and a writing requirement.
Requirements for Students who Matriculated On or After August 2009
In order to meet requirements for the Environmental Law Certificate, you must successfully complete the Government Law Colloquium (1 cr.) and Environmental Law (3 cr.). You must also successfully complete at least one Elective Course, one Seminar, and one Skills Course from the following list:
Elective Courses Available on the HBG Campus:
- Agricultural Law
- Natural Resources Law
- Animal Law
- Environmental law Clinic
- Land Use and Planning
- Oil and Gas Law
Elective Courses Available to HBG students on the DE Campus:
- Climate Change Law (3 cr.)
- Public Utility Law
- Toxic Torts
- Climate Change
- International Environmental Law
- Sustainable Development Law
The Environmental Law Center Director or Associate Director may approve other courses or seminars for any of these requirements.
- State Administrative Law and Practice
- Legal Methods 3—Administrative Law
- Environmental Litigation
- Legislative Drafting
In addition to the required classes, you must complete one of the following externships:
The Environmental Law Center Director may approve other environmental externships for this requirement. In addition, the Director may waive the externship requirement for students who have taken the Environmental Law Clinic and who are taking at least one Elective Course in addition to the Environmental Law Clinic.
- Environmental Hearing Board
- Game Commission
- Pennsylvania Clean Air Council
- Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
- Department of Environmental Protection
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
You must also complete a scholarly paper on an environmental law subject. This paper may be submitted to satisfy the upper class writing requirement that all students must meet. You may undertake this paper in conjunction with any seminar that satisfies the credit requirements for the Environmental Law Certificate. You may also undertake this paper as a separate, independent research course on an environmental subject. If you undertake this paper as in a separate course, you must obtain prior approval of your paper topic from the Director of the Environmental Law Program.
Graduating GPA Requirement
A Juris Doctor candidate must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.6.
Certificate with Honors
A student earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or more in certificate courses will receive a Certificate in Environmental Law with honors.
If you are interested in obtaining an Environmental Law Certificate, you should submit a notice of intent in the semester that you begin to take environmental law courses. A copy of the form can be obtained from the Registrar. Submit the form to the Registrar and provide a copy to the Director. After submitting the notice, you should contact him for advice concerning the program.