Law and Sustainability

Nationally ranked #21 in environmental law

The program on Law and Sustainability at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is designed to prepare students for influential careers in legal fields associated with the global environmental sustainability movement and to drive innovation in sustainability law and policy. The program has emerged as a national leader in environmental law education and the advancement of sustainability-focused legal scholarship. Cutting-edge faculty research, uniquely targeted student opportunities, and the annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators cover climate change law, water law, energy law, natural resources law, and more.

Together with ASU’s School of Sustainability and Global Institute on Sustainability, the ASU Law Program on Law and Sustainability is equipping students with the knowledge and tools necessary to perform important roles in the worldwide environmental sustainability movement.

For more information about the program, contact Program Director Lauren Burkhart at

Earn a sustainability law certificate

Students pursuing a JD degree can also earn a certificate in Sustainability Law. This additional credential appears on the student’s law school transcript, signaling to potential employers that the student has completed significant training in environmental sustainability-oriented legal areas. For detailed information about the Sustainability Law Certificate, contact Josh Abbott at

Sample of coursework offered

  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • Federal Economic Regulation of Energy
  • Indian Energy Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Land Use Proceedings
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Sustainability Law Research Seminar
  • Utilities, Sustainability and the Law
  • Water Law

Learn from experience

Several highly accomplished and renowned full-time professors serve as faculty members within the program on Law and Sustainability. These gifted instructors and scholars are among the nation’s chief experts in climate change law, energy law, water law, Indian law, tax law, and natural resources law.

Advisory council

Founded in 2016, the Council for Law and Sustainability Studies (CLASS) is a selective board of Phoenix-area attorneys who practice in environmental sustainability-related fields of law. CLASS members provide guidance, connections, and assistance to the Program. ASU expresses deep appreciation to following attorneys who currently serve on this distinguished council:

  • Michelle De Blasi (Fennemore Craig, PC)
  • John A. Clifford (Merchant & Gould)
  • Monique Coady (City of Phoenix)
  • Grady Gammage (Gammage & Burnham PLC)
  • Mark A. McGinnis (Salmon Lewis & Weldon, PLC)
  • Barbara Pashkowski (Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.)
  • Sarah Porter (Morrison Institute for Public Policy)
  • Todd Weaver (Freeport-McMoRan Inc.)

Membership in CLASS provides an insider’s perspective into the Program on Law and Sustainability and opportunities to network, influence the future direction of the program, and meaningfully contribute to our efforts. If you are currently practicing in these areas and are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Faculty Director Troy Rule at