Environmental Law

In many respects, with the tremendous growth of the ecological sciences in the latter half of the twentieth century, humankind only recently began to understand the full scope of its impact on the natural world as well as our interdependence with nature.

Following a number of dramatic and highly publicized disasters in the 1960s and 70s, including chemical fires on Lake Erie and the discovery of toxic wastes at Love Canal, the federal government adopted a comprehensive set of potentially powerful and sophisticated laws meant to address and mitigate the human disruption of natural ecosystems.

In recent years, we’ve come to realize that the environmental threat is global and can only be solved by global collective action.

How well we address these problems is surely among the great challenges that will test the vision and will of young people coming of age in this era of enormous environmental uncertainty.

Marquette is committed to preparing the coming generations of environmental lawyers and activists not only through a comprehensive curriculum in environmental laws now on the books, but also by providing opportunities to imagine better and more effective policies, to understand the cultural, economic and political forces that shape public attitudes toward environmental law, and to work with community leaders and environmental organizations through internships and pro bono opportunities.