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Earth and Environmental Resources Management and Law, M.E.E.R.M. & J.D.

College of Arts and Sciences
Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Complete a joint program for qualification in environmental law in approximately four years. Apply multiple social and science disciplines in an environmental law context to address complex environmental problems.

Prepare for a career in the rapidly expanding field of environmental law. Conduct productive research in disciplines associated with environmental sciences, policy and environmental justice.

Program Highlights

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    Fast Track

    Complete this dual degree program with up to 18 credits concurrently applying to both degrees.

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    Flexible Curriculum

    Design an interdisciplinary, flexible program based on your research interests and career goals.

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    Internship or Research

    Choose to complete a research thesis or an environmental law paper or complete an internship capstone project.

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    Cost Effective

    Save time and money by earning two degrees in fewer semester hours — approximately four years.

What You’ll Study

Learn to solve problems of resource management and make decisions drawing on methods from various disciplines. Courses include management, finance, policy and economics along with earth and environmental resources studies. Examine current issues, policies and regulations pertaining to environmental studies.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Legal Knowledge

    Interpreting and applying laws and regulations to specific situations or issues

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Advocacy

    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Government Environmental Leader
  • Environmental Consultant

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Energy
  • Energy Resources
  • Environment
  • Private Sector

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