This certificate program is for enrolled Widener Law Commonwealth students only and are awarded upon graduation from the law school.
In order to meet requirements for the Environmental Law Certificate, you must successfully complete the Government Law Colloquium (1) and Environmental Law (3). You must also successfully complete at least one Elective Course, one Seminar, and one Experiential Course from the following list:
*In order to fulfill this requirement for purposes of certificate completion and/or the writing requirement, the seminar must be taught be a full-time faculty member.
The Environmental Law and Sustainability Center Director may approve other courses or seminars for any of these requirements.
In addition to the required classes, you must complete one of the following externships:
The Environmental Law and Sustainability Center Director may approve other environmental externships for this requirement.
You must also complete a scholarly paper on an environmental law subject. This paper may be submitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement that all students must meet. You may undertake this paper in conjunction with any seminar that satisfies the credit requirements for the Environmental Law Certificate. You may also undertake this paper as a separate, independent research course on an environmental subject. If you undertake this paper as in a separate course, you must obtain prior approval of your paper topic from the Director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center.
A Juris Doctor candidate must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.600 or higher in the required certificate courses to be awarded the Environmental Law Certificate.
A student earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher in certificate courses will receive a Certificate in Environmental Law with honors.
If you are interested in obtaining an Environmental Law Certificate, you should fill out an Expression of Interest form in the semester that you begin to take environmental law courses. After submitting the form, you should contact Professor Dernbach for advice concerning the program. Graduating students who wish to certify meeting the requirements for a Law and Government Certificate should fill out the Application for a Law and Government Certificate.