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Overview of Environmental Law Continuing Education Courses

Taking continuing education courses in environmental law can keep lawyers and other professionals current on ever-changing environmental laws and government regulations. Learn where to find these courses and some topics they cover.

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There are many continuing education courses available for those who want to learn more about environmental laws.

Lawyers, including environmental lawyers, must complete continuing legal education (CLE) to maintain their licenses. They can take in-person or online courses to earn CLE credits focused on Environmental Law. These options are available from professional organizations like the Environmental Law Institute and the American Bar Association; additionally, these courses are often offered at colleges and universities.

Other professionals who regularly deal with environmental regulations, such as licensed site remediation professionals, also take continuing education classes to maintain their licenses. The amount and type of continuing education varies by profession and state. Environmental law courses for non-lawyers are available from colleges, universities and professional organizations.

Continuing education in environmental law can cover environmental laws, regulations, policies, problems and technologies. Topics can include:

  • National Environmental Protection Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Pollution
  • Mineral laws

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List of Courses

  • Clean Power Issues

In this course you will learn about how issues and decisions relating to clean power are often settled. Students in this course will learn from either a single professor or a group of lecturers who explain the most current clean power laws.

  • Wildlife Law

This course allows you to understand the laws protecting biodiversity. Topics can include wildlife, diversity, land zoning laws and special Native American rights. In many sections of this class, you will examine existing treaties and statutes that help inform current policy decisions.

  • Animal Law Fundamentals

This course examines how laws affect animals. While Wildlife Law courses are concerned primarily with animals in their natural environment, Animal Law courses focus on animals in other contexts. You will explore the legal rights of animals, conceptions of animals as 'property,' the laws concerning industrial-scale animal farming and other legislation issues.

  • Hazardous Waste and Toxic Substances

In this course you will focus on two major acts: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These two acts serve as the foundation for a background in hazardous material law. You will learn how to navigate these acts and how companies are expected to handle dangerous material waste.

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