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Program Information

This one-year, 24-credit LL.M. program provides a strong foundation in environmental and natural resources laws, taught by a seasoned faculty in addition to visiting instructors with outstanding professional experience. In order to facilitate access for students who do not live in the area, many courses are available by webinar; other courses and field visits are scheduled over a Friday - Saturday. Students and faculty explore such topics as renewable fuels; local, national and international rules related to climate change; green construction; species extinction and recovery efforts; local fisheries-management issues; risk management; condemnation blight; remediation (hazardous waste cleanup).

Skills-based foundational courses involve students in collaborative out-of-class projects similar to tasks frequently found in practice. Students may be called upon, for instance, to create trial-level memoranda on issues of statutory construction, or to research the statutes, legislative history and agency policies that will allow them to write a memorandum to a corporate client interpreting provisions of the Clean Air Act.
Immersion modules, generally scheduled over two days, allow top experts in their fields to take time from their schedules to serve as visiting instructors of targeted, intensive workshops. Students go onsite to work locations and affected natural areas. The 2011 - 12 line-up features Florida water law and state administrative practice, wildlife law and the citizen suit, ecosystem management for lawyers in the Everglades Agricultural Area and Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Everglades, environmental justice course in Homestead’s agricultural community, a renewable fuels workshop, a course about remediation offered by a leading Washington-based attorney specialized in multi-party environmental disputes, an opportunity to prepare the first stage LEED green-construction certification exam, and a weeklong program in the Netherlands to study that nation’s advanced water management systems.
Increasingly, commercial enterprises are recognizing that it is cheaper and more efficient to innovate and invest in preventing harm to environment and health, than it is to incur fines, the costs of environmental clean-up and legal fees fighting liability. Under the direction of Professor Alfred Light, the LL.M in Environmental Sustainability aims to arm students with up-to-date tools and specific skills necessary to enter a career in business, government or advocacy.
Financial Matters
For assistance with financial aid matters, please contact Mr. Andres (Andy) Marrero, Student and Financial Affairs Advisor, at amarrero@stu.edu or 305-474-2409. Law students should still complete the procedures to apply for financial aid on the University financial aid website. Law students should no longer go through the University BASIC office for Financial Aid matters.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition at St. Thomas Law is $1,021 per credit; $24,504 for 24 credits. The application fee is $60 St. Thomas University charges an annual administrative fee of $500 yearly. All full-time students must pay a Health Insurance fee of approximately $1,100 yearly; this fee is waived if they can provide proof of insurance. The book fee is $1,200.
Please note: The St. Thomas Law Graduate Program in Environmental Sustainability strongly encourages applicants to use the LSAC’s credential assembly service. The Program will waive the application fee of $60 for any applicant who uses LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS). See www.LSAC.org. All LL.M.-E.S. applicants educated outside the United States must use LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service as well as LL.M. CAS.