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
  • Business Organizations
  • Complex Litigation Theory & Practice
  • Computer Apps in Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance Risk Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Lawyering
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Interviewing & Counseling
  • Land Use Planning
  • Law, Science & Advocacy
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Negotiation & Mediation
  • Trial Advocacy


Practical Writing Courses

  • Legal Writing 3 (LW3): Transactional
    • 2nd Year students only. Students must complete this course or LW3: Litigation before taking a Practical Writing course.
  • Administrative Practice
  • Advanced Legal Writing (6th Semester Legal Writing course)
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Contact Drafting
  • In-House Counsel
  • Litigation Drafting

Research Paper Courses

  • International Environmental Law
  • Public Interest Lawyering




  • Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. 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

VLS Environmental Law Journal