Urban Development, Land Use and Environmental Law

The Concentration in Urban Development, Land Use and Environmental Law encourages interdisciplinary work. With the School's policy permitting six hours of graduate work to count toward their law degree, students are encouraged to take courses in urban policy and development in the Department of Political Science or urban planning courses in the Center for Sustainability. Through the School of Law, students can enroll directly in Urban Issues Symposium, an interdisciplinary course with graduate students in architecture, business, public administration, public policy, social work and urban planning.

Full-time students should be able to complete the concentration requirements within the existing scheduling schema. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course will also be able to complete the concentration requirements.

The Urban Development, Land Use and Environmental Law Faculty Advisor is Douglas Williams.

Concentration Requirements

Required Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • State and Local Government
  • Land Use Control

Elective Courses - (at least 3 courses and at least 7 total credit hours)

  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Natural Resources Law
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Urban Issues Symposium
  • Advanced Real Estate Transactions
  • Seminars as offered from time to time in the area and approved by faculty advisor
  • Graduate courses (urban planning, urban policy and development) at SLU (check with advisor for available courses)

Writing Requirement
Students seeking the Concentration must complete at least one course with a significant writing requirement related to the fields of development, land use or environmental law. A seminar or course from the electives above may satisfy the requirement. Additionally, writing for the Public Law Review may also meet this requirement. The program advisor will determine whether a certain written work component meets this requirement.

Capstone-Skills Integration

  • Civil Advocacy Clinic I and Civil Advocacy Course (assigned to housing and development work) OR
  • Externship Clinic I and Lawyering Practice Course (development or environmental placement)

Public Service Component
Students seeking this Concentration are strongly encouraged to participate in pro bono legal service prior to graduation. Such pro bono work may be on behalf of a governmental agency, a non-profit organization, or indigent individuals. The SLU LAW pro bono advisor is Brendan Roediger.