Brad Karkkainen

Environmental & Energy Law Concentration

Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of core and specialized courses and seminars in environmental law, energy law, natural resources law, environmental justice, renewable energy law, water law, climate change, land use, and international environmental law
  • One-to-one independent research and writing project opportunities with faculty
  • Mentorships with environmental and energy law lawyers, hydrogeologists, geologists, and urban planners
  • Opportunities to work on cutting-edge environmental and energy law policy issues with nonprofit organizations and governmental entities
  • Networking and career advancement opportunities with alumni worldwide

Study Opportunities

  • Required courses: environmental law, administrative law, energy law, a capstone course or clinic in environmental or energy law, and two additional courses in the fields, including such areas as natural resources law, renewable energy law, environmental justice, land use, or water law.
  • Extensive environmental and energy offerings are available throughout the University at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the ecology, geography, conservation biology, and applied economics departments.
  • J.D. students also can earn a joint degree in another relevant discipline through the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Practical Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

  • The vibrant Twin Cities environmental and energy law community offers opportunities for part-time work during the school year and full-time summer employment with governmental agencies, law firms, legal departments at corporations and utilities, and nonprofit environmental groups.
  • Prospective employers from around the country come to the Law School to interview students for summer and permanent positions, and the Career Center provides regular notice of employment opportunities, fellowships, and other scholarly opportunities.

Student-Led Opportunities

The Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS): EELS invites practicing lawyers to speak to students and provides opportunities for interaction and service projects in the community that build practice skills.

Other Opportunities

  • The University of Minnesota has hundreds of leading environmental and energy faculty, and numerous centers and institutes that support interdisciplinary study and research.
  • The Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology provides unique opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary programming, and receive funding to support interdisciplinary research interests.
  • The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment serves as a locus for environmental research and policy initiatives, and provides many opportunities for students.
  • The Energy Transition Lab, a strategic initiative of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Office of the Vice President of Research and the Law School, brings together leaders in government, business and nonprofit organizations to develop new energy policy pathways, institutions and regulations.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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