Environmental Law

Environmental Law

With today's Green revolution and the growing need for conservation, many lawyers look to focus their careers towards the environmental arena. At Miami Law, students can take a variety of courses to prepare themselves to one day work in some aspect of environmental law either in government, the non-profit sector, corporations, or in private practice.


The University of Miami School of Law offers a wide range of environmental law courses/seminars and projects including:

Joint Degrees

Miami Law also offers a joint J.D./M.P.S. in Marine Affairs degree with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science -- ranked as one of the top five Geoscience institutions in the United States.
And, there is a joint J.D./Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy (ECS) from the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS).
In addition the law school is well-known for the LL.M in Ocean and Coastal Law and joint J.D./LL.M. in Ocean and Coastal Law.


In addition, the faculty includes some of the leading experts on Environmental Law issues with experience working on top level environmental policy initiatives.

Professor Bernard Oxman is one of the world's top experts on the laws of the sea and currently sits on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Professor Mary Doyle is co-director of the University's Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and teaches property, land use and water law.
Professor Richard Williamson teaches introductory and advanced courses in environmental law, courses and seminars on international environmental law.
Adjunct Professor Daniel Suman's research focuses on coastal management in Latin America, planning and enforcement in Marine Protected Areas, and public participation in environmental planning.
Felix Mormann is an expert on energy policy and issues.
Professor Tony Alfieri leads the law school’s Environmental Justice Project.

Student Organizations

At Miami Law there is also an active Environmental Law Society and Maritime Law Society, and Student Dive Bar Chapter.


Alex Babcock discusses why she chose Miami Law so she could pursue this combination of degrees in Miami which has many of the marine threats experienced around the world and would give her the best overview for her desired career path.


Students can travel to Vietnam and China in the summer to study a broad spectrum of water issues including:

  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater
  • Groundwater
  • Wetlands
  • Dams
  • International rivers
  • Vietnam/China

Professor Bernard Oxman Helps Settle Claims to Bay of Bengal.

Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Miami Law Students Study Water Resources in Vietnam and China in Summer Course 

The Future of International Environmental Law: A Conversation with World Renowned Environmental Attorney Dan Magraw