Applications are due by June 15, 2015, for the Fall 2015 semester, and October 15, 2015, for the Spring 2016 semester . Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, if space permits. If you are applying after the deadline, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This one-year, post-J.D. program provides an opportunity to spend an academic year full-time on the beautiful University of Florida campus developing in-depth expertise in environmental and land use law.
The University of Florida is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which includes the 61 leading research universities in North America.
The LL.M. program is unique in that 6 of the 26 required credits must be from relevant graduate-level courses in UF departments outside of the law school, including offerings in wildlife ecology, interdisciplinary ecology, environmental engineering, and soil & water science.
This award is available to selected LL.M. students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to, and achievement in, environmental and land use law. Each LL.M. Conservation Associate receives a grant of up to $5,000. Associates must commit to enroll in the Conservation Clinic for at least one semester, where they will work as “senior associates” under the supervision of the Clinic Director. Associates will take on significant responsibility for their projects and are expected to help mentor J.D. students enrolled in the Clinic. To apply, applicants should supplement their applications to the LL.M. program with a personal statement of 500 words or less as to why the applicant should be awarded a Conservation Associate Scholarship.
LL.M. students receive individualized attention and consult with the Director to develop a course of study tailored to their particular interests. In addition to a broad range of academic courses, UF Law offers a wealth of environmental skills and field courses such as the Conservation Clinic, Environmental Dispute Resolution, and Wetlands & Watersheds.
LL.M. students may also apply for a seat in the spring break field course (previous offerings have included Sustainable Development in Belize, Central America, and Ocean and Coastal Law in Marineland, Florida); the South Florida Everglades field course offered in May; and the Environmental Law Program in Costa Rica offered during the summer.
Alexis Segal “Through quality classroom instruction, excellent field course and conservation clinic experiences, UF’s ELULP LLM program expanded my knowledge base and interdisciplinary exposure to areas of environmental law and policy in invaluable and unforeseeable ways. This academic experience coupled with a fantastic and dedicated faculty make UF’s program truly unique. My curriculum was tailored to my personal interests and I was able to grow personally and professionally throughout the year.” – Alexis Segal, LL.M. 2013, Ecosystems Policy Advisor, Everglades Foundation Fellow, White House Council on Environmental Quality
James Choate “UF’s LL.M. in Environmental & Land Use Law provides an expansive, in-depth environmental curriculum in and outside of the classroom. Through varied research opportunities, frequent interaction with both academics and practitioners, and unique extracurricular projects, I developed a unique skill set in environmental and land use law. In this way, the LL.M. program’s distinctive approach to education is what sets it apart.” – James Choate, LL.M. 2010, Attorney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
eric hull “The LL.M. program in Environmental & Land Use Law at the University of Florida provided me with the specialized, direct training needed to successfully teach and publish in the area of environmental law. Since graduating from the LL.M. program, I have taught courses as a tenure-track law professor in Administrative Law, Climate Change Law and Policy, Environmental Law, Environmental and Toxic Torts Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, and Property Law; my scholarship has been accepted for publication in two legal texts on ocean and coastal law, and by law journals published by NYU, Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, Temple and others; I have coordinated all aspects of the law school’s environmental law program, and I have chaired the planning committee of a major regional environmental conference. Many of these opportunities were facilitated by the outstanding training and real-life, hands-on experience I received as a student in the LL.M program, and I strongly encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in environmental law to consider this program.” – Eric V. Hull, LL.M. 2010, Associate Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
Carolyn Haslam “When I obtained my J.D. in 2009, I soon found that my chances for a position as a land use attorney were quite slim. I decided to go to UF and continue my education, in the new LL.M. program, with the thought that when the market turned around I would be as qualified for such a position as I possibly could be. While it may have taken three additional years of working in litigation for that to happen, I believe that my strong educational background in land use enabled me to obtain this ideal position at Akerman LLP.” – Carolyn Haslam, LL.M. 2010, Associate, Akerman LLP
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