Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program

Uniquely situated in the heart of Silicon Valley and part of one of the world’s preeminent research universities, Stanford’s award-winning Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program (ENRLP) has earned its reputation as a leading program for education and research in this dynamic field. Indeed, with a nationally renowned faculty praised for its cutting-edge research and practice, the program has revolutionized environmental education.

Our students develop their skills in analyzing and solving problems through situational case studies, learn effective teamwork through Stanford’s Environmental Law Clinic, and master mediation and multiparty negotiation techniques through in-class simulations. Our clinical programs and courses foster collaborative solutions to real-world problems. Many of our courses involve other Stanford departments, and all integrate multidisciplinary materials. The program also provides access to a broad spectrum of practitioners, regulators, and academics in Silicon Valley and beyond, and to hands-on involvement in research, environmental advocacy, and collaborative dialogues. Beyond the classroom, our students pursue a wide array of extracurricular activities, such as membership in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and the Environmental Law Society.

Stanford Law School graduates pursue a variety of distinguished careers in environmental and natural resources law. Our alumni currently hold positions—covering the spectrum from staff attorney to executive leadership—at national environmental organizations, federal and state agencies, the White House, major corporations, law firms with strong environmental practices, and academia.

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Deborah Sivas lays out the coming clean-air war between Trump and California in The Atlantic, as the Trump administration explores how to withdraw California’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from car tailpipes. That move would wreak havoc on California’s climate policies and endanger the health of 130 million Americans who depend on the state’s protective environmental standards.

The Atlantic: The Coming Clean-Air War
Stanford Experts Discuss Legal and Environmental Challenges at Standing Rock 1

Revival of Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines: A Discussion with Deborah Sivas

ENRLP Professor Deborah Sivas weighs in on the legal and environmental challenges at Standing Rock and what we can expect going forward after President Trump’s recent revival of the controversial Keystone and Dakota pipeline projects.

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