Upon successful completion of the certificate program, the certificate is noted officially on the student's transcript.
If you wish to pursue a certificate program, you must notify the Associate Dean of the School of Law as soon as you decide to do so, but in no case later than the beginning of your second year of law school.
The School publishes the Public Land and Resources Law Review, one of the nation's oldest law reviews dedicated to natural resource topics. Students, who are selected through an anonymous writing competition and receive course credit, serve as the editors and staff for the PLRLR and often have articles published in the journal. The PLRLR holds an annual conference on an environmental/resource topic. The editors and staff select the topic, arrange for the speakers and manage the entire conference.
The Law School also competes in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held in New York each year. Students for the national team are selected through a competitive process and undertake a rigorous program that includes writing a court brief and presenting oral arguments.
Many law students interested in environmental/resource issues belong to the Environmental Law Group. This student-run organization sponsors speakers on topics ranging from careers in environmental law to pressing environmental issues of the day. The group also sponsors field trips—both educational (for example, to the site of a proposed mine) and recreational (river float trips and picnics).
Opportunities for Graduates
With a focus on environmental and resource law, graduates can pursue a variety of career paths. Our graduates hold positions with the federal government in Washington, D.C. and with the Montana state government. Other graduates hold environmental positions with public interest organizations. Several of our graduates serve as environmental counsel to Indian tribes in Montana and elsewhere. Still other graduates have pursued private sector employment in law firms and in industry. Every sector of legal employment offers environmental work and jobs exist everywhere from small towns in Montana to the nation's largest cities.