Environmental Practice

If you practice environmental law, you may work for the government or represent private clients.  If you are in private practice, you will counsel clients about compliance with environmental regulations, represent them in matters before state and federal agencies, and, if you also engage in environmental litigation, represent your clients in adversarial court proceedings.  In addition to understanding environmental law, you must be familiar with all aspects of the administrative process. In addition, you must have a solid grounding in other areas of law that impact environmental issues as well as those aspects of state corporation law that establish authority and responsibility within the corporate structure. As an environmental lawyer, you must also be skilled in interviewing, counseling, negotiating and drafting.

General Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advanced Torts
  • Complex Litigation Theory & Practice
  • Computer Apps in Litigation
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Lawyering
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Insurance Law
  • Interviewing & Counseling
  • Land Use Planning
  • Law, Science & Advocacy
  • Managing the Water Environment
  • Modern Land Transactions
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Public Interest Lawyering
  • Regulatory State (First Year Student Elective)

Practical Writing Courses

  • Administrative Practice
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • International Environmental Law
  • Litigation Drafting


  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency

Villanova Environmental Law Journal

The Villanova Environmental Law Journal is a national legal publication dedicated to the scholarly review of environmentally related topics.  Read more about the journal here

Environmental Law Journal