The LL.M. is designed to educate the next generation of lawyers who will work in and shape the future of energy and sustainable development. It is being offered in conjunction with WVU Law’s Center for Energy & Sustainable Development.
“West Virginia is at the center of energy production and our faculty are leaders in the fields of energy, environmental protection, and sustainable development,” said Joyce McConnell, Dean of the College of Law. “The state is also well-versed in the challenges related to balancing the need for energy, environmental protection, and economic development. All of this makes us uniquely qualified to offer an advanced program that explores the intersecting laws and policies that govern energy, natural resources and environmental protection.”
A balanced curriculum and a broad spectrum of courses offered in the LL.M. will prepare lawyers to serve energy companies, investors, utilities, manufacturers, lawmakers, policymakers, regulators, land use groups, and environmental organizations.
The LL.M. in Energy and Sustainable Development Law is 26 semester hours. Up to six credits can be earned from other relevant WVU graduate programs such as business, ecology, engineering, public policy, economics, and natural resources.
Admissions requirement included a J.D. from an accredited law school; a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or other indicators of likely success; and a demonstrated interest in energy and/or sustainable development law.
Tuition for the program, pending final approval by the WVU Board of Governors in June 2014, is $26,250. A fellowship with WVU Law’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic is being offered in the LL.M. program.
About the Center for Energy & Sustainable Development
Founded in 2011, the Center for Energy & Sustainable Development at WVU Law conducts objective, unbiased research and policy analyses providing a forum for issues to be explored by various stakeholders, and promotes policies that balance the demand for energy resources alongside the need to reduce environmental impacts.