UCL Faculty of Laws


LLM in Environmental Law and Policy

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Environmental protection is one of the key challenges of our times, and a fascinating area of academic study. UCL’s LLM in environmental law and policy provides our students with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of, and to reflect deeply on, some of the most significant conceptual and practical issues associated with our environmental future. Legal study of environmental issues not only provides insight into how societies respond to environmental problems, but also how our lives are structured and designed to accommodate environmental issues.

Students who choose UCL’s LLM in environmental law and policy are taught by world leading environmental law scholars from UCL Faculty of Laws, ranked 8th in the world by the Times Higher Education, alongside guests including policy makers, practising lawyers, and those working for NGOs.  Our Environmental Law LLM specialism is ranked 3rd in the world by the LLM Guide, and is the top ranked programme in Europe.

Our students are part of the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment, a vibrant community of environmental law scholars that organises a number of environmental law events for students and visitors. After their LLM year, our students remain an important part of our community – our LLM alumni play important roles in our programmes and events and build a strong network of environmental lawyers around the world.

Our LLM modules address underpinning ideas of environmental law (such as environmental principles, environmental justice), different jurisdictions (including EU and global and international law, as well as domestic law), and different substantive areas of environmental law (from climate change to land use). 

We prepare students to work at an advanced level in environmental law and policy in a range of roles – from the legal profession and government, to the non-profit and policy sectors.  Students will also develop skills and knowledge to prepare them for further research beyond the LLM.

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