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.

Check out our exciting courses in the 2017-2018 academic year!

Granting the Environment a Water Right

Professors Buzz Thompson and Leon Szeptycki have outlined a new approach to protecting California’s rivers: granting the environment a water right.  This would require setting a water budget for each river – a minimum volume of water that is required to maintain the overall ecological integrity of a river system.  This approach, which would focus more on overall health and less on tracking individual species, is summarized in a Sacramento Bee op-ed and detailed in a new report for the Public Policy Institute of California.

Full PPIC Report
California Water Management At a Crossroads
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Environmental Law Program's Fall Newsletter

This past year, the passionate faculty and students in Stanford Law School’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law and Policy Program have been hard at work grappling with the wide-ranging regulatory changes affecting the environment. As we look ahead to 2018, we are confident that our students and faculty will not only respond to the undermining of environmental protections, but will also help shape future state, national, and international policy.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Recent Press and Publications by the ENRLP Team