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Curriculum

At Montana, students in their first year of law school can begin their environmental education with the Introduction to Environmental Law and Environmental Legal Research courses.  In the second and third years, students choose from a diverse array of environmental electives suited to their interests, including a third-year capstone experience in a natural resources or environmental law clinic. 

Because courses are small, every student can comfortably participate in our robust class discussions.  Regardless of the course, our philosophy is to teach both the theory and practice of law so that students feel confident in their skills on the first day they begin their career.  In our third year clinics, students work alongside experienced supervising attorneys on actual environmental isues.  With several clinics to choose from, students can focus on litigation or transactional matters, non-profit or government agency work, and resource-specific issues such as forests, public lands, wildlife, or water.  And for those law students wishing to distinguish themselves and acquire in-depth knowledge of natural resources and environmental law, our Program offers a Certificate in Natural Resources & Environmental Law.  

The University of Montana also emphasizes the study of natural resources and the environment, which means that our law students benefit from access to graduate classes such as watershed restoration, wildlife landscape ecology, and environmental journalism.  These opportunities reflect our philosophy that lawyers must collaborate with many other disciplines when solving natural resources issues.  For more information on other interdisciplinary opportunities such as the J.D./Environmental Studies joint degree and the Natural Resource Conflict Resolution Certificate.