Environmental and Energy Law

We believe that climate change is real.

Faculty and Student talking to each other

And we believe that the best way to combat it is to produce environmental lawyers who are devoted to creating policies that protect the environment and taking action against entities that don’t. 

At USF, you’ll gain the theoretical foundation and hands-on experiences that will catapult you into a successful career in environmental and energy law.
Our environmental and energy law-related courses are taught by leading scholars on environmental and land use issues. Courses examine national, state, and international issues and provide the fundamental ethical, legal, and policy perspectives that underlie them. Advanced courses deal primarily with the financing and development of real property, and with issues of land use and environmental law. 

The Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society provides an interactive forum for USF alumni, students, and faculty interested in environmental, energy, and natural resources law.

“I love seeing students’ eyes open and horizons expand as they engage in the wide range of exciting externships the Bay Area offers. And our new Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society is providing a much-needed bridge between our students and experienced alums who have proven eager to help law students transition into the world of practice.”

Professor Alice Kaswan

Select Courses

  • California Construction Law
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Property
  • Water and Natural Resources Law


  • Tim Iglesias is an expert in housing and property law
  • Alice Kaswan is a leading scholar on climate change and environmental justice

Representative Externships

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • U.S. Department of Justice—Environmental and Natural Resources Division

Student Organizations

  • Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society
  • Real Estate Society