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Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, rapid advancements in technology have dramatically improved daily life for billions of people across the world. Unfortunately, many modern conveniences also deplete or harm the planet’s natural resources in unsustainable ways. Transitioning cities, nations, and the world toward more environmentally sustainable activities has thus emerged as one of humankind’s greatest 21st century challenges, and innovative lawmaking has a crucial role to play in this effort. The Program on Law and Sustainability at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University provides world-class instruction and meaningful research experiences that equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become influential leaders in the global sustainability movement. The program’s renowned faculty research and teach in every major area of sustainability policy, including climate change, water, energy, and environmental protection. Students within the program have access to a range of externships, research opportunities, moot court experiences, and mentorships available in few other law schools across the globe.
ASU Law students with a particular interest in environmental sustainability law and policy can access countless benefits through ASU’s Law & Sustainability Program, which prepares students to secure legal jobs in sustainability-related fields and to become influential leaders in those positions. All students at ASU Law have access to the Program’s diverse array of environmental and sustainability-related course offerings including water, energy, natural resources, utilities, land use, and international environmental law. All students can also take advantage of numerous opportunities to further specialize in and to gain sustainability-related experience outside the classroom.
Juris Doctor (JD)
Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
ASU’s Program on Law and Sustainability is committed to helping students develop the skills and connections necessary to secure permanent positions in sustainability-related legal fields. The Program’s Mentorship Initiative for Sustainability Law (MISL) links experienced Arizona attorneys with ASU law students for one-on-one mentoring to aid students in the critical transition from law student to legal practitioner. Each Fall, ASU organizes a MISL kick-off luncheon where local practitioners who work in the fields of environmental, water, energy, and land use law are paired with ASU Law student mentees interested in those areas. Attorney mentors and student mentees then meet in person throughout the year to discuss career-related issues and engage in other mentoring activities. These mentorship experiences assist students in developing networking skills, provide them additional advisors and role models, and expand their professional connections. Then, each Spring, ASU hosts mentor appreciation night where students are able to recognize outstanding attorney mentors and have additional networking opportunities with other lawyers practicing in sustainability-related areas.
3L - Class of 2020
ASU’s Law & Sustainability Program has provided me with many rewarding educational experiences during my last 2 years at ASU Law. Last year I participated in the Sustainability Research Seminar which allowed me to research a topic I am passionate about and gain valuable writing experience. Professor Rule offered guidance and valuable feedback throughout the entire process, which ultimately led to a publication offer from the Idaho Law Review.
3L - Class of 2020
"Professor Rule's passion and enthusiasm about sustainability law is contagious, which made the interesting topic that much more fun to study! Beyond pure enjoyment, the program has forced me to be a better writer and given me tools that I use every day in practice. It is impossible to fully articulate the positive effects this program has had on my legal career!"
3L - Class of 2020
"From the classmates to the professors, there is an excitement for learning found nowhere else. Passion for education is evident through diverse course offerings. Opportunities, due to faculty connections, to learn outside of the class room abound."
The Program on Law and Sustainability’s outstanding collection of tenured research faculty sets it apart as one of the strongest sustainability-focused environmental law programs in the country. Program faculty members also collaborate on research and other activities with ASU’s Center for Law and Global Affairs, Center for Law, Science and Innovation, Indian Legal Program, Global Institute of Sustainability, and Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.