Juris Doctor Area of Specialization

Environmental Law


Almost 100% Online

one brief in-person session each year

3 yrs. and 3 mos.

to finish Juris Doctor degree online


Average salary for Juris Doctor jobs in environmental law

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Champion Environmental Protection and Climate Action with Albany Law’s JD in Environmental Law Degree

Environmental and energy challenges shape the world we live in and compel us to rethink the role of law in addressing an increasingly complex and urgent set of questions.  As a result, Environmental and Energy Law are growing fields in need of a new generation of effective lawyers and leaders.

At Albany Law School, our Flex Juris Doctor—with a specialization in Environmental Law— provides a unique opportunity to deepen expertise in environmental, climate change, and energy law and policy in order to be positioned for a range of career opportunities. While our Environmental Law degree is predominantly online, you will have ample opportunities to engage in hands-on, experiential learning, gaining the practical experience necessary to be an effective leader in the rapidly expanding fields of energy and environmental law.


Why Albany Law?

Prepare to lead in helping address environmental concerns and challenges in your community and around the globe. At Albany Law, our Juris Doctor degree online program is built for aspiring professionals who don’t want to relocate to earn a law degree.

Get your degree from a law school that is:

  • The top-ranked independent law school in the U.S.
  • In the top 20 for Most Innovative Law Schools, according to preLaw Magazine.
  • Accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Represented by successful alumni working in nearly every state in the country in small to large law firms and nearly every industry in organizations of all sizes.

“As a first-generation law student, it can be overwhelming and difficult to become aware of potential employment opportunities while simultaneously staying on top of coursework. Because of the resources at Albany Law, I felt confident in interviewing for job placements due to the connections I made and the interview skills I had acquired.”

Taire Herasme ‘21
Product Counsel, Argo Group

    Build a strong foundation in environmental law and prepare for Juris Doctor jobs with agencies, businesses, law firms, non-profits, NGOs, and other organizations.

    While you’ll be joining a rewarding career that will allow you to make a difference with your environmental law degree, you’ll also be joining a career path that continues to grow. The demand for lawyers is projected to grow 10% over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    With a Juris Doctor degree online from Albany Law, you’ll be ready to lead in areas such as:

    • Conservation and advocacy groups
    • Local, state, and federal government
    • Energy sector
    • In-house environmental, social, and governance
    • Manufacturing

    At Albany Law, you’ll gain a strong legal background and the specialized knowledge and know-how to make an impact in environment law and policy. When you choose the Environmental Law specialization, you’ll start your asynchronous and synchronous law degree studies learning more about civil procedure, constitutional law, lawyering, legal methods, property, and torts.

    From there, you’ll take more specialized classes in:

    • Climate Law
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • International Environmental Law
    • Natural Resources

    You’ll also have the opportunity to take elective coursework in a variety of topics, including Administrative Law, Land Use, Local Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Health Law, and State and Local Government.

    And, no matter which Juris Doctor program you choose, you’ll have every chance to put your learning into action—whether it be close to where you live or here on campus. You’ll have the expertise and insights to change the legal landscape for the better.

    From biodiversity protection to pollution control, climate change to energy regulation, and environmental justice and resource management, the environmental legal landscape is broad and encompassing.

    That’s why, within Albany Law’s Flex Juris Doctor in Environmental Law, we cover a number of topics to help you become a legal champion for the environment. While taking coursework online, you’ll benefit from:

    Faculty who are at the forefront of today’s issues

    Our expert educators have vast expertise and are well-respected in the areas in which they teach. For instance, President and Dean Cinnamon Carlarne is a leading expert in environmental and climate change law policy and Distinguished Professor of Law Keith Hirokawa practiced land use and environmental law in both Oregon and Washington. They have authored books and dozens of scholarly articles in these areas. Because we have an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll also have greater access to experts, like Dean Carlarne and Professor Hirokawa, throughout your law degree coursework.

    Hands-on learning close to home or on campus

    Take what you’ve learned and put it to work through our City Semester programs, field placements, and Semester-in-Practice programs. You’ll gain added knowledge and expertise—as well as build your network before ever pursuing Juris Doctor jobs in environmental law.

    An affordable and accessible environmental law degree

    We’re known as being one of the most affordable private law schools, and we also offer scholarships for our environmental law degree students. That means you can pursue a career-changing education that is more affordable than you think.

    Being a nearly 100% online student doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved in what is going on at Albany Law. We encourage our Juris Doctor degree online students to find a club or organization that interests them—whether it’s the Environmental Law Society, Health Law Society, and more.

    Discover a Future in Environmental Law at Albany Law

    Take the next step in your career by choosing our Flex Juris Doctor program. We’re ready to help make your goals a reality.

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