CU-Boulder leads the nation in research and programs addressing environmental, energy, and natural resources issues—with a longstanding reputation for innovative work on water resources, climate change, and energy. For more than half a century, environmental and natural resources law has been a key part of the Colorado Law curriculum. The school’s commitment to teaching and research in these areas complements the school’s physical location in the Rocky Mountain West—a region defined by its vast natural resources, public lands and parks, and many American Indian reservations. Ranked consistently among the very best in the nation, Colorado Law’s Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Program is one of the strongest and deepest programs of its kind.
Colorado Law’s environmental and natural resources curriculum prepares graduates for careers at law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. Students receive a broad-based legal education in addition to specialized environmental and natural resources courses and practicum opportunities.
Colorado Law’s environmental and natural resources law faculty are passionate about teaching and are known for their extensive interaction with students both in and out of the classroom. The program’s full-time faculty members are experts and advocates in their field, influencing legal and public policy debates at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Professors also include adjuncts and visiting national and international teachers and scholars from the legal academia, legal practice, government, the judiciary, and business.
Colorado Law students and graduates have receive externships and employment in the fields of environmental and natural resources law in numerous firms and organizations including: Arnold & Porter; Colorado Office of Attorney General, Natural Resources and Environment Section; Earthjustice; Environment Colorado; Environmental Defense Fund; Johnson & Repucci; Lathrop & Gage; Patrick, Miller & Kropf; Patton Boggs; Ryley Carlock & Applewhite; Shell Oil Company; Snell & Wilmer; The Wilderness Society; Trout Unlimited; U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Western Resource Advocates.
Colorado Law hosts about 25 events on environmental and natural resources issues each year, from workshops and lunchtime roundtables to multi-day conferences and contemporary lectures attended by more than 300 people. Many of these events are annual, such as the Getches-Wilkinson Center’s Annual Summer Conference.