A recent article in the National Jurist entitled “Environmental, Energy law remain strong” reinforced for us what we at the ELLM already knew: that these two related areas remain areas of robust current and future growth. Moreover, we believe these areas are of increasing importance to international lawyers who work in other fields. “Issues around energy transcend borders of time, place, or subject”, says ELLM director Ian C. Pilarczyk. “Does anyone doubt, for example, that energy can implicate national security concerns? Energy and the environment have an evident and obvious relevance to global business and law, and courses in these areas accordingly have a great deal of practical utility to practitioners employed in a wide range of different sectors and in varied capacities.”
Introduced in 2013, the ELLM’s concentration in International Environmental and Energy Law (IEEL) was designed to meet this practical need, and the courses have proven to be popular with ELLM students. A result of a partnership between BU LAW and Vermont Law School, the country’s top ranked law school for environmental law, as of January 2016 nine students have taken courses offered in this basket. “While relatively few have chosen to pursue the concentration, the courses in Environmental Law, Oil & Gas, and Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy have proven particularly popular”, says Pilarczyk. (You can read one of our graduate’s perspectives on the Environmental Law course, posted in 2014, on our blog).
For more information on these courses or the IEEL concentration, please visit our website (BU LAW’s new, redesigned website, point of fact!) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we welcome your referrals of qualified potential applicants to our program. We also love to hear about your personal and professional updates, so please stay in touch!