Concurrent Degree in Law & EnvS
The concurrent J.D./M.S. degree program offers students an opportunity to combine the study of scientific, social, philosophical, and legal aspects of environmental issues. This program equips students for jobs in which the technical knowledge offered through the Environmental Science Program and the professional expertise provided by the College of Law would be beneficial.
How to Apply
Students must apply separately to and be admitted by the College of Graduate Studies/Environmental Science Program, the College of Law, and the Concurrent J.D./M.S. Degree Program. Admission into the concurrent degree program is dependent on a demonstrated ability to excel in an intense, interdisciplinary educational environment.
Students must complete the requirements for an M.S. degree in environmental science and the requirements for a J.D. (see the College of Law section) subject to the following conditions.
- The first year of study will be exclusively in the College of Law. Because the concurrent degree program requires an M.S. thesis, the fourth year of the program will be primarily in the Environmental Science Program.
- Up to 12 hours of M.S. graduate credit will be allowed toward the J.D. degree and up to 6 hours of law credit will be allowed toward the M.S. degree from pre-approved lists of classes. This will permit a student to complete the concurrent degree program in as little as four years.
- If a student fails to complete the master's degree program, no more than 6 credits will be allowed toward the J.D. degree; if a student fails to complete the law program, the student will be required to satisfy all requirements of the Environmental Science Program before receiving the M.S. degree.
EnvS Courses Approved for Law Credit
American Environmental History
HIST J524, 3 credits | Spring
History of changing American attitudes and actions toward the environment over three centuries.
Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resource Management
CSS 510, 3 credits | Spring alternate years
Examination of communication theories and their applications in sustainable natural resource management; emphasis on social psychological approaches to understanding persuasive communication and applications in environmental interpretation and education, marketing, and sustainable development.
WLF 440, 3 credits | Fall
Patterns of biological diversity; factors producing changes in diversity; values of diversity; management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues, and funding sources.
ENVS 544 at Washington State University, 3 credits | Spring
Analysis of environmental impact statements and their legal framework; methods of environmental assessment and team development of an impact statement. Cooperative course taught by WSU, open to UI students.
ENVS 552, 3 credits | Fall
Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights.
Local Government Politics and Administration
POLS 572, 3 credits | Spring alternate years
Politics, structure, and problems of American cities and other local governments; focus on the urban political economy, the fiscal and social challenges, and the links between public and private sectors; changing social and political functions of American cities and metropolitan fragmentation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit
Natural Resource Policy
POLS 562, 3 credits | Spring alternate years
Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.
Natural Resource Policy Development
FOR 584, 3 credits | Fall
The development of natural resource policy with emphasis on the policy process at the federal level in the U.S.; the role of and interrelationships between staff, committees, agencies and elected officials; the relationship of science and scientists with policy and politicians in the development of natural resource policy, including preparation of testimony related to natural resource science and policy issues; implementation of policy within the natural resource agencies and judicial interpretation of major natural resource policies in the U.S.
Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management
CSS 573, 3 credits | Fall
Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.
Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management
CSS 486, 3 credits | Spring alternate years
Theoretical and applied concepts of public involvement in both public and private sectors of natural resource management; historical and legal mandates, government agency responsibilities, applied methods and techniques, case studies, and practical experience. Three lectures and three hours of lab a week; field trip may be required.