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LLM in Environmental Law

Course Description

With growing public concern over environmental issues and both public and private sectors becoming subject to increasingly onerous environmental obligations, there could not be a more crucial time to study this area of the law.

This course prepares you for the challenges lawyers face in helping to regulate environmentally harmful behaviour and rise to the need to achieve global sustainability, in the context of increasingly complex international, regional and national regulatory settings. You are taught by expert faculty from one of the largest concentrations of academic environmental lawyers in any UK Law School.

You will study both theoretical issues and practical ‘law in action’, in line with the experience of our expert faculty in working for, or advising, organisations as diverse as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Commission, national government departments and agencies, environmental NGOs, and in
private practice. Teaching will also include guest contributors who will discuss issues of topical importance and practical relevance.


Our wide range of assessment methods, which include briefing papers, individual presentations, analysis of detailed case studies and participatory group exercises, will help you develop your critical and practical approaches, enhance your transferable skills, and maximise your employability.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

The course combines core modules, specialist options and a supervised dissertation – so you gain a solid theoretical, methodological and practical foundation while also having the opportunity to explore your particular interests and develop your scholarship and ideas in an extended piece of work.

Autumn term: Environmental Law and Sustainability: Approaches and Challenges • Environmental Governance: Rights and Regulation • Environmental Law in Action • Advanced Research for LLM Students. These core modules are designed to give you the necessary theoretical, methodological and practical foundations for the course.

Spring term: options include international environmental law • Global Environmental Law and the EU • Climate Change and Energy Law • Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage Law • Trade Law and the Environment • Sustainability and Community • Natural Resource Liability.

Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the LLM in Environmental Law page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.Overseas qualifications: View Website

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