LL.M. with a Concentration in Environmental and Land-Use Law

LL.M. with a Concentration in Environmental and Land-Use Law

Environmental and land-use law attorneys must understand how to work collaboratively with professionals from other fields such as planners, engineers, developers and government officials. And, they must understand how to work with the affected communities. Through the LL.M. with a concentration in environmental and land-use law, students will be prepared for practice in this interdisciplinary field.

With its Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, Georgia State Law offers students a unique opportunity to study and experience environmental and land-use law from a broad, global perspective. Innovative courses such as the Urban Fellows Program, International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy, and study abroad opportunities help students understand the larger picture and interconnected nature of this area of work.

LL.M. with a Concentration in Environmental and Land-Use Law

This program is designed for attorneys transitioning to environmental and land-use law from another area of law or seeking to deepen their knowledge to enhance their existing practice or career.

Domestic Requirements
  • Urban Fellows Program (includes writing requirement), 2 credit hours
  • International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy, 3 credit hours
  • Advanced Property Seminar, 2 credit hours
  • Urban Environmental Law, 3 credit hours
  • Administrative Law, 3 credit hours*
  • Land-Use Law, 3 credit hours*
  • Environmental Law, 3 credit hours*
  • Environmental and Land-Use Law Electives, 9 credit hours

* If not satisfied through J.D. Program

Foreign Requirements (in addition to required courses for all students)
  • Urban Fellows Program, 2 credit hours
  • Land-Use Law, 3 credit hours
  • Environmental Law, 3 credit hours
  • Law Electives, 6 credit hours

How to Apply

LL.M. applicants must submit an application through LSAC, llm.lsac.org/LOGIN/Access.aspx.

The following documents are required for the LL.M.:

  • Application;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Personal statement;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Transcript from the J.D. institution;
  • Transcripts from other institutions where the applicant has completed any other graduate level coursework, if available
  • A professional or academic writing sample

It is strongly recommended that applicants have three years of post J.D. experience prior to applying to the LL.M. with a concentration in environmental and land-use law.

Why Atlanta?

Atlanta is a booming, diverse, and culturally rich metropolitan area. It is on pace to be the sixth largest metropolitan area in the country by 2040. However, with the rapid development comes planning, transit, housing, and environmental challenges, among others. 

Situated in the heart of downtown, Georgia State is ideally located for those interested in environmental and land-use law. It provides a living laboratory to study the challenges and benefits of metropolitan growth. It is within walking distance to the Capitol, federal and state courts, federal and state agencies, major law firms, corporate offices and related nonprofit organizations.

Questions?

Contact Karen Johnston (J.D ’08), assistant director, at kjohnston3@gsu.edu.