Environmental Law at Yale

The arrival of some outstanding new and visiting faculty, growing curricular offerings, and a strong partnership with Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES), are just some of the elements of Yale Law School’s expanding program in environmental law and policy.

A core piece of the program is the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, established in 1994. The Center, under the direction of Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy Daniel C. Esty ‘86, draws upon resources throughout Yale University to develop and advance environmental policy locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.  While Professor Esty is on leave from Yale during his appointment as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection,  Yale Law School Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law Douglas Kysar is furthering the mission of the Center as its Interim Director.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy Center runs the active Environmental Protection Clinic - a joint initiative between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies - where students have opportunities to address environmental law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations. In recent years, Yale students have worked with a range of community and environmental groups, think tanks, government agencies, and international organizations.

The Center also sponsors an  Environmental Issues Lecture Series, which provides a forum for students to engage with visiting scholars, environmental professionals, business leaders, and government officials across a host of environmental topics.