Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
Emory's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program provides students a comprehensive educational experience in which to study a wide array of environmental law issues.

Building on Emory’s strong faculty and its location in the dynamic business and governmental center of Atlanta, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program offers students extensive classroom, skills-training, and extracurricular opportunities, making it one of the nation’s strongest programs in environmental law. The program boasts more than a dozen course offerings, two full-time faculty members, outstanding adjunct professors from law firms and federal agencies, sixteen externships, and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic »

Students can take the knowledge and skills gained through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and apply them across many practice settings, as evidenced by our alumni, who work in prominent law firms, state and federal agencies, and public interest environmental organizations across the country. We’re proud to provide a thorough and first-rate education in environmental law that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.

Environmental Law Curriculum

See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions and schedules.

Core Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Advocacy 
  • Environmental Law
  • Land-Use
  • Natural Resources
  • Water Law

Supplemental Courses

  • Animal Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Complex Litigation 
  • Federal Courts 
  • Food and Drug Law 
  • Legislation and Regulation 
  • Property 
  • State and Local Government 

Capstone Course 

Turner Environmental Law Clinic: The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono representation to individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment for the benefit of the public. Through its work, the Clinic offers students an intense, hands-on introduction to environmental law and trains the next generation of environmental attorneys.

Environmental Law Externships

  • Attorney General of Georgia (Environmental and Natural Resources Section)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • GE Energy Services
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Environmental Protection Division)
  • Georgia Governor's Intern
  • Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings
  • GreenLaw
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Southern Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company (Sustainability)
  • The Home Depot (Sustainability)
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Student Organizations

Environmental Law and Conservation Society

The Environmental Law and Conservation Society (ELCS) works to foster the role of environmental law as a comprehensive practice area for careers ranging from government employment and public interest work to industry representation. While career development is integral to the ELCS programming, the society also emphasizes educational enrichment and hands-on experience in environmental conservation.  Society members network with practitioners, learn about current environmental legal issues, volunteer in the Atlanta community (sometimes with practitioners), and enjoy outings in the beautiful Georgia outdoors with other law students and alumni.

Emory Public Interest Committee

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) is committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory Law students and providing summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations.  Grant recipients have chosen to work in the environmental field have volunteered at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Emory University Office of Sustainability

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Students may take a limited number of environmental classes in other departments of Emory University.

Students particularly interested in the intersection of environmental law and public health may earn joint juris doctor of law (JD) and master of health (MPH) degrees. 

The Office of Sustainability

 Environmental Courses Available in the Rollins School of Public Health

  • Advanced Seminar in Climate Change & Health
  • Air Quality in the Urban Environment
  • Approaches to Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Research
  • Biomarkers & Environmental Public Health
  • Built Environment & Public Health
  • Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Environmental Hazards I & II
  • Environmental Health Sciences Seminar
  • Environmental Microbiology: Control of Food and Waterborne Disease
  • Environmental & Occupational Health Practice
  • Environmental & Occupational Health Policy
  • Global Climate Change: Health Impacts & Response
  • Human Toxicology
  • Issues in Toxicology
  • Methods in Environmental Epidemiology
  • Methods in Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology
  • Perspectives in Environmental Health
  • Public Health Consequences of Disasters
  • Radiation Health & Safety
  • Spatial Analysis of Disease Ecology

 Environmental Courses Available in Emory College Department of Environmental Studies

  • American Environmental History
  • Climatology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology & Evolution of Disease
  • Ecological Economics
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Thought: Ethics, Philosophy & Issues
  • Environmental Studies: Mineralogy & Petrology
  • Environmental Studies: Global Change Sciences
  • Environmental Studies: Ecology of Tibet
  • Foundations of Sustainability
  • Geology & Human Health
  • Human & Natural Ecology
  • Hydrology
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Seminar on Environmental Issues
  • Service Learning Course in ENVS: Local Foods & Georgia Seafood
  • Sustainable Water Resources
  • Water
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Urban Ecology & Development

Full-Time Faculty

Mindy Goldstein

Director, Turner Environmental Law Clinic and Interim Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Faculty Profile »

Jonathan Nash

Professor of Law

Faculty Profile »

Adjunct Faculty

Peter Crofton

Richard Horder »

William Kitchens

David Moore

Bill Sapp

Andy Thompson