Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Environmental Law Degree

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It is possible to take a love of the environment and stewardship, and put it into a rewarding and potentially lucrative career path. Not all students that have a focus on conservation, ecology, or the environment want to be park rangers or chair civic groups dedicated to saving the earth; many want to be able to also be rewarded with well-paying jobs doing what they love to do. 

An environmental law degree might be the ideal compromise. A knowledge and insight into the environment and the challenges facing the world's perpetuity could prove the perfect pairing for the legal studies and qualifications to practice law. An environmental attorney may represent individuals that have been harmed, fight corporations whose work threatens the environment, or regard issues where there is a question of public safety. The degree is encompassing, and those that choose this career field will likely be faced with options and choices as to what to practice, who to serve, and where to work. 


This also poses a wonderful alternative for those Bachelor level graduates that have found little lucrative work options with their undergraduate degrees in wildlife conservation, recreational therapy, ecology, or science. By adding the legal curriculum and course of study, the student is able to utilize the breadth of environmental studies from their undergraduate and focus on the core legal classes needed to advance and pass the bar exam. Furthermore, anyone with a love of nature and some time to peruse their life may find that they have a calling to do something to protect the world that they love. These individuals may have first hand experience with the detrimental repercussions that human behavior has had on the world globally. Whether observing the pollution to water bodies when engaging in recreational activities, to knowing individuals that have suffered illnesses, such as cancer, due to toxins or chemical exposure, there could be a moment of an epiphany experienced by those with environmental insight and education that propels them to want to work toward fostering a more gentle attitude toward nature and natural resources among others and in societies across the globe.

20 comments:

  1. That sounds like a good degree to have. If I only had more hours in the day, I would love to pursue higher education. Sigh....

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    1. If you'd love to then you probably some day will. :)

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  2. A friend of mine is an environmental attorney and I am pretty sure she makes diddly squat, but she's making a difference and that's what counts, right?

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    1. If that's where her heart is, then absolutely.

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  3. This is an interesting post. I would think these days this type of attorney would be very busy with all the environmental issues and concerns we have as a nation.

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    1. I'm sure you're right about that one!

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  4. Heard of such a degree, money isn't everything, but you sure as heck need it. Rather go make the big bucks then help the little guy

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    1. I've never really looked into the degree, but for those who have a heart for both law and being strong advocates of the environment, I have little doubt it's a dream come true to find a degree that allows you to pursue both. :)

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  5. Very interesting Rosey! It would really be good if some persons took up this option. Environmental issues are taking on greater and greater importance.

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    1. And they def. should, I think too!! Thanks for visiting, Judy. :)

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  6. The environment is so important... I wish more people went into this field ;-)

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    1. People who had a passion and intellect for it. :)

      Thanks for the visit!

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  7. The environmental arena is a great place to be in my area...with all of the natural gas and oil, the attorney's are all very busy!

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    1. I bet that's absolute fact. Thank you for the visit.

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  8. with all the environmental talk these days.... :D

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    1. I'm sure there's a ton to know and learn, no doubt about it.

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  9. I can't begin to imagine how widespread work would be in this field.

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  10. Sounds like a great career for some.

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    1. I agree. When you can merge profession & passion, it's usually an awesome thing. I'm glad to hear of the degree.

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