Environmental Law Specialist Certificate Program

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Help the cause, study environmental law.

Program Overview: 

Environmental law is a constantly evolving field in the legal profession. Just decades ago there was little formal environmental regulation, and today there are a growing number of state, federal, and international laws seeking to curb environmental pollution and protect resources.The Environmental Law Specialist Certificate Program focuses on the legal regulations of pollution and waste management. You will gain a deeper understanding of federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation, and Recovery Act, and the Superfund law. The program is self-paced allowing you get started anytime and complete assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. Each course includes instructor guidance, exercises, quizzes, chapter reviews, lecture notes and other innovative online learning tools. See required courses and electives to choose from below:

Required

  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law

Electives 
Once you have begun this program, you will work with your instructor to determine which elective course fits best with your particular area of interest. You will choose one of the following electives:

  • E-Discovery
  • Legal Ethics
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Constitutional Law
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Experienced paralegals and other legal staff needing or wanting specialized legal training in environmental law.
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Legal regulations
  • Federal statutes
  • Clean Water and Clean Air Acts
  • Risk assessments
  • Superfund issues
  • Valuation damages
  • Disclosure requirements
  • and much more!
Prerequisites: 

To enroll, students must possess or have successfully completed one of the following:

  • A recognized Paralegal Certificate Program.
  • An Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies.
  • A Bachelor's Degree with a Paralegal Major.
  • A Bachelor's Degree or Associates Degree in any field of study and proof of employment as a paralegal or legal assistant for the past five years in a law firm or corporation under the direct supervision of an attorney.

If you are registering online, please email one of the above supporting documents to cpeonline@austin.utexas.edu. If one of the supporting documents is not received, your registration will not be processed. For questions regarding course prerequisite, please contact the Program Coordinator listed.

Additional Information: 

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.

This course is not available for college credit.

Tuition does not include the cost of required textbooks. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course but average anywhere from $45 to $160 per book. However, used books are often available.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units 12.0 CEUs
Program ID: 
PLS-7009

At A Glance

Duration: 
Contact Hours: 120
Modality: 
Online Self-paced
Tuition: 
$1,995