1 year
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 52,350
Foreign students
USD 52,350
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and Policy (ELP) offers rigorous interdisciplinary training in environmental, energy and resource law and policy. This specialized program seeks to provide foreign lawyers with the legal and policy analysis expertise needed to address issues of pollution, toxic substances, climate change, energy, freshwater, protection of living species on both land and in the oceans, land use management, and environmental assessment. 

Candidates admitted to the program will pursue an individually tailored sequence of courses that are drawn primarily from the Law School’s curriculum dealing with the environment and public policy, but may also include related courses in other departments at the university. 

The program is particularly appropriate for private and public lawyers seeking additional interdisciplinary training that they can use to further environmental and resource law and policy in their home nations or internationally and who wish to become part of a network of graduates working on similar challenges.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the US must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. 
    • Britain: British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.
    • France: Diplome d’Ingenieur from grandes écoles or completion of two years of classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree. Maitrise from universities.
    • Germany: The diplom, magister artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
    • Other European countries     University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor's degree accepted.
    • Middle East: University degree requiring four years of study.
    • Canada: Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.
    • Latin America: University degree requiring four years of study.
    • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine, master’s degree in all other fields. (Note: A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.)
    • Philippines: Four-year bachelor’s degree.
    • Russian republics: University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).
    • Other Asian countries: University degree requiring four years of study.