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JD/MES Environmental Studies: Institute for Environmental Studies

The aim of the JD/Masters in Environmental Studies program is to train leaders who can blend the professional concerns of law and environmental studies. Graduates acquire valuable tools for understanding the interplay between environmental issues and the law at the local, state, national, and international levels. Students in this program are prepared to assume positions of leadership in environmental law and policymaking in both the public and private sector.

Students can earn both degrees in four years (in certain instances, a student may be able to complete the program in three years if the student enrolls in summer courses towards the MES). Penn Law gives credit for four non-law courses taken in Environmental Studies toward the JD degree. Students must complete twelve courses to get the MES; three approved law courses can count towards the 12 course requirement, thus reducing the number of courses the joint degree student takes at the Institute for Environmental Studies to nine.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the MES program are welcomed contemporaneously with the Law School application or during the 1L year. The LSAT is sufficient for both departments; no additional testing is required.

Here is a typical track for completing the program.

  First year Summer Courses Between Year 1 & 2 Second year Third year
Course Work 1L Environmental Studies 2L & Environmental Studies courses 3L & Environmental Studies courses

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