Environmental and Land Use Law

Environmental and Land Use Law

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Environmental and Land Use Law

The Law School's support for learning opportunities in environmental and land use law goes deeper than course offerings.


Over the past dozen years, the Law School has sponsored national conferences on growth management, nature conservation, environmental contracting, revitalization of contaminated land, transboundary watershed management and climate change. These symposia attracted leading practitioners and scholars and top government officials. Law students help plan these conferences and edit and publish the papers that emerge from them.

Virginia Environmental Law Journal

Founded in 1979 and managed and edited by students, the journal is a leader in environmental legal scholarship. Website

Virginia Environmental Law Forum

This popular and active student group hosts speakers and networking events, and sponsors law students who participate in environmental moot court and negotiation competitions. The forum, in cooperation with the Law School’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, also provides pro bono opportunities to students interested in environmental law. Students may choose from a range of environmental pro bono projects on behalf of public interest and governmental clients that have requested assistance. Forum members also have opportunities to network with environmental law employers and professionals.

Food Law at Virginia Association

FLAVA strives to create a network of students, professionals and community members who are interested in creating a more just and sustainable food system.

Public Service

The Law School has made a strong financial commitment to students choosing to pursue public interest careers. The school’s Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center helps students interested in environmental law find summer internships and postgraduate employment. Public Service Center

Cale Jaffe and Kimberly Delk Eason