Law (J.D.)/Environmental Management and Sustainability (M.S.)

The joint J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the legal profession with an emphasis on environmental issues and sustainable business practices.

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The joint J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability program is a unique multidisciplinary program integrating engineering, law, and business management to answer the increasing demand for management-level personnel who have an understanding of environmental issues and sustainable business practices.

An attorney with environmental training is able to work either as a lawyer or in corporate or governmental management.

Program Overview

The joint J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability program is a unique multidisciplinary program integrating engineering, law, and business management to answer the increasing demand for management-level personnel who have an understanding of environmental issues and sustainable business practices.

Career Opportunities

Environmental and energy lawyers can be found in law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, and large corporations. Corporate clients represent a variety of industries, including waste disposal, energy, utilities, green energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, and fishing. Government employers include the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and various state regulatory agencies. Public interest employers range from neighborhood environmental justice organizations to the National Wildlife Federation, Oceana, and Greenpeace International.

Possible jobs include:

  • Environmental law attorney
  • Land use and zoning attorney
  • Public interest attorney
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attorney
  • U.S. Justice Department attorney
  • U.S. Department of the Interior attorney

Enrollment in the joint J.D./M.S. in environmental management and sustainability degree program enables a student to obtain a J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and an M.S. degree from Stuart School of Business in approximately three and a half to four years of full-time study or five to six years of part-time study.

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Candidates for the J.D./M.S. in environmental and sustainability management degree program must apply to and be accepted by each program separately, and complete a Registration as a J.D./M.S. Form in the Office of the Registrar.

Admissions information for the J.D. program is available from the Chicago-Kent Office of Admissions and for the M.S. program from Stuart School of Business.