Environmental and Energy Law

From protecting natural resources to regulations about land use and development, the impact of environmental and energy law reaches far and wide. 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.

Faculty and Student talking to each otherOur environmental and energy law-related courses are taught by leading scholars on environmental and land use issues. Courses examine national, state, and international issues raised by increasing environmental pollution, problems of unchecked urban growth, and the utilization of natural resources, and provide the fundamental ethical, legal, and policy perspectives that underlie these issues. Advanced courses deal primarily with the financing and development of real property, and with issues of land use and environmental law.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to gain useful practical experience and make meaningful professional connections, while earning academic credit. At the center of one of the world's most dynamic cities, you'll have easy access to leading organizations and law firms.

Our 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

  • Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nature Conservancy
  • NextGen Climate
  • Sierra Club
  • U.S. Department of Justice—Environmental and Natural Resources Division

Student Organization

  • Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society