Environmental Law
Introduction <ul><li>Arose in 1960s as a distinct system </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-taxes and tradeable emissions </li></ul><ul...
Environmental Law <ul><li>Legal Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defense groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liability and Haza...
Education <ul><li>A Bachelor’s degree  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No specific undergrad requirements, but coursework in Environ...
The Numbers <ul><li>55,000(estimated) of the nation’s 725,000 lawyers are focused in “environmental” fields </li></ul><ul>...
Legal Aspects <ul><li>Knowledge of environmental regulations and laws is essential </li></ul><ul><li>“Command and Control”...
Regulatory Aspects <ul><li>“Right-to-Know” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (198...
Employers <ul><li>Private corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting firms </li></ul><ul><li>Sierra Club/Other NPOs </li></...
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Career Environmental Law

  1. 1. Environmental Law
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Arose in 1960s as a distinct system </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-taxes and tradeable emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as self-employment </li></ul>
  3. 3. Environmental Law <ul><li>Legal Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defense groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liability and Hazardous Waste Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liability for remediation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Aspects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Right-to-know” laws </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Education <ul><li>A Bachelor’s degree </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No specific undergrad requirements, but coursework in Environmental studies helps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Law school (accredited by ABA) </li></ul><ul><li>Bar exam </li></ul><ul><li>Internships/work experience that introduce you to courtroom procedures are helpful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such as at private law firms or clerking </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Numbers <ul><li>55,000(estimated) of the nation’s 725,000 lawyers are focused in “environmental” fields </li></ul><ul><li>Strong and growing demand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But fierce (and growing) competition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Starting Salary: $43,000 with a median of $89,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Most lawyers earn $60,000-$133,000, with the top 10% earning more than 150,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30%-Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50%- Private/NPO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20%- Self-employed </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Legal Aspects <ul><li>Knowledge of environmental regulations and laws is essential </li></ul><ul><li>“Command and Control” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Emission regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set limits and consequences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formerly common but fading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Its not enough anymore to know and follow the rules </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More and more, they are required to seek answers that go beyond compliance </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Regulatory Aspects <ul><li>“Right-to-Know” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (1986) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul>
  8. 8. Employers <ul><li>Private corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting firms </li></ul><ul><li>Sierra Club/Other NPOs </li></ul><ul><li>Self-employment </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul>
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