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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 three years. Penn Law gives credit for four relevant courses in Environmental Studies toward the JD degree. MES students complete twelve courses from a list approved annually by the Institute; these include the four courses that will be counted toward the completion of the JD degree, and may include additional Law School courses.

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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