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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)

Required Courses

  • LAW 630 - Energy Law

  • LAW 764 - Administrative Law

  • LAW 789 - Law of Environmental Protection

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

  • LAW 604 - Natural Resources

  • LAW 612 - Agriculture & Food Law

  • LAW 613 - International Environmental Law

  • LAW 627 - Land Use/Sustainable Development Clinic 1

  • LAW 634 - Energy Reg, Markets and Environ

  • LAW 635 - Land Use and Resilience Law

  • LAW 644 - Energy Siting & Permitting

  • LAW 645 - Water Law

  • LAW 647 - Nuclear Law & Policy

  • LAW 648 - Energy Business/Law & Strategy

  • LAW 658 - Science & Technology of Energy

  • LAW 659 - Administrative Energy Law and Practice

  • LAW 660 - Law of Coal

  • LAW 662 - Mine Safety & Health Law

  • LAW 663 - Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels

  • LAW 688E - Seminar in Human Rights & the Environment

  • LAW 688F - Seminar in Hydraulic Fracturing

  • LAW 689W - Seminar:Issues in Energy Law

  • LAW 766 - Coal/Oil and Gas

  • LAW 693 - Environmental Law Nat Res & Conservation

  • LAW 693 - Environmental Litigation

  • LAW 791 - Hazardous Waste

  • LAW 793 - Environmental Law Pollution

  • LAW 794 - Seminar: Trends in Env & Energy Law

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

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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