Course Requirements

Energy & Sustainable Development Law Concentration

In order to complete this concentration, a student must have satisfactorily completed (1) all required first year courses; (2) all mandatory core courses; and (3) a total of at least 17 total credit hours from mandatory core courses, designative elective courses, and the experiential learning course (described below).

Required First-Year Courses
Do not count toward concentration credit.

  • Property (4 credits)

Mandatory Core Courses
Students must satisfactorily complete all of the following courses for this Concentration:

  • Energy Law (Law 630)
  • Environmental Protection Law (Law 789)
  • Administrative Law (Law 764)

Designated Elective Courses
Students may select from the following courses for Concentration credit:

  • Natural Resources Law (Law 604)
  • Agriculture and Rural Land Use Law (Law 612)
  • International Environmental Law (Law 613)
  • Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic (Law 628)(see limitation below)
  • Seminar: Environmental Law (Law 689D)
  • Seminar: Land Transactions (Law 689E)
  • Seminar: Environmental Justice (Law 689I)
  • Seminar: Issues in Energy Law (Law 689W)
  • Land Use Planning (Law 737)
  • Coal, Oil and Gas Law (Law 766)
  • Energy Law and Practice (Law 791A)
  • The Energy Business: Law and Strategy (Law 791M)
  • Environmental Law & Policy (Law 791O)
  • Agriculture and Food Law (Law 791Q)
  • Permitting and Siting of Energy Facilities (Law 791T)
  • Renewable Energy/Alternative Fuels (Law 793C)
  • Nuclear Law and Policy (Law 793M)
  • Land Use and Sustainable Development (Law 793S)
  • Science and Technology of Energy (Law 793T)
  • Mine Safety Law (Law 793X)
  • Seminar: Hydraulic Fracturing (Law 794E)
  • Human Rights & the Environment (Law 794M)
  • Seminar: Sustainable Development (Law 794T)
  • Energy Regulation, Markets and the Environment (pending)

Additional Courses may be added with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.

Writing
Students must engage in research and produce a written paper or court document of no less than 25 pages on a topic related to energy, environmental, and/or sustainable development law. This requirement can be satisfied by satisfactory completion and submission of a written document that falls within any of the following categories:

  • Law Review Note, with approval of the Concentration Administrator and with a faculty member as advisor
  • A Court Document, e.g. Amicus, Brief or Memorandum of Law (real or moot) with the approval of the Concentration Administrator and with a faculty member as advisor
  • Qualifying paper in any Designated Elective Course
  • Independent Study approved in accordance with the policies set forth in the WVU College of Law Handbook and overseen by a Concentration Faculty member

The writing requirement requires input and approval from a faculty member and the Concentration Administrator, even if the writing was completed outside a formal class or independent study arrangement. A student may fulfill the writing requirement through an alternative method with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.

Experiential Learning
Students must meet the following experiential learning requirement of no less than 3 credits (no more than 5 credits from participation in a clinic counting toward the 17 credit requirement.) A student may fulfill this requirement through any of the following methods:

  • Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic
  • Externship approved per WVU College of Law Handbook and approved by the Concentration Administrator
  • Other clinic or simulation course, with approval of the Concentration Administrator

A student may fulfill the experiential learning requirement through an alternative method with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.

Other Requirements
Students must also met the following requirements:

  • 10 hours of related extracurricular or co-curricular activities, such as active participation in the Energy Law Association or Environmental Law Society, attending relevant meetings, hearings or speakers, administrative or other active participation in the energy related events (e.g., moot court, symposia)
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