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Top Environmental Law Programs
« on: April 04, 2006, 11:36:46 AM »
Anyone have the comprehensive list from premium US News edition?
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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2006, 11:37:38 AM »
Lewis and Clark moved up to #1 and Vermont dropped to #2.  Give me a second and I'll put them all up.

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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2006, 11:38:43 AM »
1.     Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern) (OR)
2.    Vermont Law School
3.    Pace University (NY)
4.    University of Maryland
5.    Georgetown University (DC)
6.    University of Oregon
7.    Tulane University (LA)
8.    Duke University (NC)
9.    University of Colorado–Boulder
10.    Stanford University (CA)
11.    University of California–Berkeley
12.    George Washington University (DC)
     University of Florida (Levin)
14.    Florida State University
     New York University
     University of Denver (Sturm)
17.    University of Utah (S.J. Quinney)
18.    University of Texas–Austin
19.    University of Washington
20.    Golden Gate University (CA)
21.    Boston College
     University of Hawaii (Richardson)

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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2006, 03:14:23 PM »
Thanks a lot moonchigger!  Are you seriously considering environmental law?  Where are leaning toward attending?  Where do you want to practice?
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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2006, 10:14:09 PM »
I am really surprised that Denver is not ranked higher.
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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006, 10:56:50 PM »
How important do you think it is to go to a law school that's known for environmental law, if that's what you want to practice?  Just curious...  I may be interested in doing International Environmental Law, although the school I'm gonna go to isn't on that list.  But they have some great courses in it... ???
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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006, 11:24:58 PM »
How important do you think it is to go to a law school that's known for environmental law, if that's what you want to practice?  Just curious...  I may be interested in doing International Environmental Law, although the school I'm gonna go to isn't on that list.  But they have some great courses in it... ???

International environmental would be law schools that have the recycling bins labeled in french and spanish in addition to english

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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2006, 12:56:35 PM »
How important do you think it is to go to a law school that's known for environmental law, if that's what you want to practice?  Just curious...  I may be interested in doing International Environmental Law, although the school I'm gonna go to isn't on that list.  But they have some great courses in it... ???

I am also interested in knowing this... I have a feeling that you should not sacrifice too much in rankings for a specialty program, depending on what you want to do.  If you want public interest, then you may be able to sacrifice more ranking for specialty, but if you want biglaw then you should not sacrifice much at all.  I got into one school that had a pretty high environmental program, but have a hard time seeing shelling out more money for that school out of state, versus an instate school that is higher ranked.  I just don't think specialty is that important.

I should also add that I'm not 100% sure I want to practice that kind of law.

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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2006, 01:13:55 PM »
I called around to a couple of national environmental organizations(NRDC, Greenpeace and Sierra Club) and asked them.  The consensus seemed to be go to the best law school you can and network in the environmental community like mad.  I think the advantage to a school with a strong program is that the networking might be easier.  The competition in the field is insane so, being able create personal contacts seems to be key as well as excellent grades.  I have a UG in enviro studies so I opted for the higher ranked law school(and the scholarship money), but if my UG was in say history or PoliSci I might have I chosen Pace. 

Thats my two cents.
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Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2006, 05:04:13 PM »
You both make sense...  I think the summers will give us a lot of room to wiggle and make some good impressions too - regardless of where we are... Maybe Dean Starr has some good environmentalists I could work with  ;) (hehe...)
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