Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.00
Liaison Kevin Moran
Submission Date May 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Drake University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
No

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Environmental and Sustainability Law Certificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The Environmental and Sustainability Law Certificate offers specialization in the areas of environmental law and sustainability and the law. To obtain a certificate in Environmental and Sustainability Law, students must complete 20 credits of qualifying course work, including 9 credits of required courses, an upper-level writing course, and an experiential course in the subject.

The following is the A.B.A. Standard 301 Statement Regarding Learning Outcomes for the Environmental and Sustainability Law Certificate -

Knowledge and understanding of substantive law:
-Understand the theoretical justifications for environmental law
-Understand the theory and concept of sustainability, including its applicability to many disciplines and its many definitions
-Explore the tools and questions necessary to identify, analyze, and apply the theory of sustainability to real world legal situations
-Understand the fundamentals concerning the relevant laws and policies applicable at the international, national, and subnational levels
-Delve deeply into the law’s role in pressing environmental and sustainability issues, such as climate change
-Understand the complex relationship between environmental and sustainability law and other areas of law
-Explore the dynamic relationship between law, behaviors, and environmental degradation

Knowledge and understanding of procedural law:
-Understand the administrative process involved with environmental law.
-Understand available policy options, such as developing policy through litigation and command and control regulation
-Understand basic standing requirements necessary to file an environmental action
-Understand the basics of international law and treaties, including customary international law
-Understand the effect subnational decisions can have on the environment and how those decisions are made
-Understand the concept of sovereignty at many levels, including international, national, and subnational

Legal analysis and reasoning:
-Be able to analyze the impacts law can have on society
-Be able to create fact-based arguments concerning how and why one environmental policy is more effective than another
-Draw connections between the law and behaviors
-Evaluate whether a given condition or law is sustainable.
-Draft and present on new legislation to enhance the environment and sustainability

Legal research:
-Be familiar with the fundamental documents and cases concerning environmental law in the US and international treaties can cases
-Be familiar with the international documents relevant to sustainability
-Explore subnational policies concerning the environment and sustainability, including local planning actions and state climate plans
-Be familiar with the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability and the availability of documents outside of traditional legal research
-Be able to ask the questions necessary to identify and apply sustainability
-Be able to draft local legislation and policy concerning sustainability

Problem-solving:
-Be able to assess whether a law is leading to sustainable or unsustainable conditions
-Be able to draft a law that enhances sustainability
-Make fact-based arguments concerning the application of environmental laws
-Be able to make cogent arguments for or against environmental laws
-Be able to foresee and plan for arguments hostile to policies that enhance sustainability
-Be able to understand the basic science behind climate change

Written communication in the legal context:
-Be able to write a simple motion and a complaint in an environmental lawsuit
-Be able to draft legislation enhancing sustainability
-Be able to draft a client advice letter regarding the applicability of environmental regulations

Oral communication in the legal context:
-Be able to effectively communicate with key stakeholders
-Be able to present local legislation before local policymakers in a public forum
-Be able to meet and discuss with community leaders the importance of sustainability

Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities:
-Understand and show commitment to representing the client zealously
-Understand environmental justice and climate justice
-Understand your ethical responsibility when your client is harming the environment in a dangerous manner


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Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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