Environmental Law Pathway

What Environmental Lawyers Do

Environmental lawyers:

  • Help clients develop, enforce and comply with laws to protect air, land, water and animals.
  • Represent private individuals and businesses, government agencies, and non-profits
  • Navigate complex statutes and administrative regulations, often contested science
  • Practice in the government, small firms, large firms, and public interest, non-profit organizations with clients both domestic and foreign.

Related Pathway: Government Practice

Who Might Enjoy This Specialty?

You might enjoy practicing environmental law if you:

  • Do not require constant people contact
  • Negotiate effectively in an intensely controversial environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Enjoy motion practice in complex litigation, or administrative rule-making proceedings
  • Work well in interdisciplinary teams
  • Enjoy large projects that take years to resolve
  • Care deeply about environmental protection

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