The College of Law offers the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in environmental, natural resource, and energy law for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in the legal aspects of natural resources, the environment, international environmental policy, public lands, and energy. A prior law degree (J.D. or equivalent) is a requirement for admission to the program. The program is a full-time one year program or a part-time three-year program. An overall grade point average of B- or better is required for graduation.
1. Degree Requirements
The LL.M. degree requires completion of a total of 24 semester credit hours.
a. U.S. Law Degree
LL.M. candidates holding a U.S. law degree must complete the following:
(1) a minimum of 18 credits in courses from the approved list of natural resources, environmental, international and related law courses, seminars and clinical work; and
(2) at least one seminar requiring a major research and writing project (which may count towards the 18 credit minimum described above).
(3) up to 6 credits toward the LL.M. degree may come from courses in other fields or other departments. Enrollment in such courses requires the approval of the LL.M. student’s mentoring faculty or the Directory of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment.
b. Foreign Law Degree
LL.M. candidates holding a foreign law degree must complete the following:
(1) Legal Methods (3 credits) (fall semester);
(2) one basic U.S. law course as approved by the student’s faculty advisor or Director of the Stegner Center(3 or 4 credits);
(3) a minimum of 17 credits in courses from the approved list of natural resources, environmental, international and related law courses, seminars and clinical work; and
(4) at least one seminar requiring a major research and writing project (which may count towards the 17 credit minimum described above).
c. Thesis Option.
Upon approval by the College of Law, an applicant may complete an LL.M. thesis for 6 to 12 credits toward the 24 credits required for the degree. The thesis satisfies the seminar requirement.
Academic Senate – December 5, 1994;
Board of Regents – March 8, 1995; College Council – April 8, 2004
2. Credit/No Credit Option
LL.M candidates have the option of taking one class on a credit/no credit basis. To receive credit, students must earn a grade of C- or better. Students must elect the credit/no credit course no later than 5:00 PM on the last regularly scheduled class day of the semester.
3. Extended Examination Time for Foreign Candidates
LL.M. candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed a post-secondary degree at a school in which the primary medium of instruction was English may apply to the Dean’s Office for additional time to complete in-class final examinations. The term “post-secondary degree” means a program of study which leads to the Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or any post-bachelor’s degree. Other foreign LL.M. students presenting special circumstances may also apply for extra time to complete in-class examinations. Additional time up to twenty minutes for each hour of in-class examination may, in the discretion of the Dean, be granted. Applications for additional time must be submitted prior to the last day of class each semester.
College Council – March 8, 1995
4. Part-Time Option
a. LL.M. applicants may apply to complete the LL.M. degree on a part-time basis.
b. To receive the LL.M. degree, part-time LL.M. students must complete all of the applicable requirements for that degree, as described in paragraph (1).
c. Part-time LL.M. students are expected to complete the LL.M. degree within three years of matriculation. A “year” for purposes of this paragraph will consist of three consecutive semesters, inclusive of the summer session, beginning from when the students enrolls in his or her first course.
d. If the part-time student completes the LL.M. degree requirements in less than three years, the student will be graduated with the degree at the end of the semester of completion.
e. Any part-time LL.M. student who fails to complete the degree requirements by the end of three years shall be dismissed from the program.
f. Any part-time LL.M. student whose semester GPA falls below 2.4 or whose cumulative GPA after accumulating at least 9 credits falls below 2.7 shall be dismissed from the program. The student may petition for re-admission.