Honors Certificate In Environmental & Earth Law

Certificate Requirements

Barry’s Honors Certificate Program in Environmental and Earth Law offers students a practical and visionary curriculum that includes a diverse array of environmental courses, skills and clinical experiences, and writing opportunities.  The program is designed to prepare law students for the pressing ecological demands of our time.  Upon completion of the program requirements, the student will receive an Honors Certificate in Environmental and Earth Law, which will also be reflected on the student’s transcript.

To receive an Honors Certificate in Environmental and Earth Law, a student must:

  1. Complete four core courses;
  2. Complete two approved electives;
  3. Complete a writing component through one of the following alternatives:
    • A paper satisfying the requirements of one of the approved electives;
    • Acceptance of an environmental article in The Barry Law Review or The Environmental and Earth Law Journal;
    • A Directed Research paper on an environmental topic; or
    • An environmental paper that satisfies the Upper Level Writing Requirement;
  4. Complete at least 14 credit hours of core and elective courses; and
  5. Maintain a 2.5 average for the courses.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Environmental Law, Jurisprudence, and Justice (pass / fail) (1 credit)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Administrative Law (3 credits) or Florida Administrative Law and Environmental Regulation (2 credits)
  • Skills Component (at least 2 credits)

Approved Skills Component (minimum of 2 credits)

  • Environmental and Earth Law Clinic (6 credits)
  • Externship with governmental agencies, non-profits in environmental area (5)
  • Mediation (3)
  • Mediation Externship (2)
  • Moot Court – competition (1)
  • Motions and Depositions (3)
  • Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Trial Team – competition as an advocate (1)

Approved Electives

  • Admiralty Seminar (2 credits)
    Advanced Environmental and Earth Law Clinic (4)
  • Animal Law and Practice (2)
  • + Climate Change Law and Policy (2)
    +Comparative Water Law (1) (Summer in Spain Program)
  • Directed Research on an environmental topic
  • Earth Jurisprudence Seminar (2)
  • Earth Jurisprudence Survey Course (3)
  • Energy Law (2)
    Florida Constitutional Law (2)
  • + International Environmental Law and Policy (2)
  • International Law of the Sea (2)
    Land Use Planning (2)
    +Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (2)
  • Oil and Gas Law (2)
  • + Natural Resources (3)
    Water Pollution Law (3)


  1. Writing courses are identified by an asterisk*.
  2. Courses that are provisionally approved are noted by a plus sign +.
  3. Students may discuss with the professor of Energy Law and Oil and Gas Law the option of preparing papers that will satisfy the writing requirement.
  4. To make sure that a paper is considered for compliance with the Certificate Program, a student should submit it to the Coordinator of the Certificate Program (Professor Koons). This should be done after completing the paper, submitting it to the professor for the course or for the Directed Research project, and receiving a grade for the course or for the Directed Research project. If the student is graduating the semester in which the paper is completed, please submit it to the Coordinator at the same time that it is submitted to the professor for the course or the Directed Research project.
  5. Please note that the list of electives will be updated in the future.  Please check with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Coordinator of the Certificate Program if you have any questions about the Certificate Program.