Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2018-12
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: September 25, 2017
Date of Second Reading: October 30, 2017
Title of Motion: Request from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law – Dean’s Office – for the establishment of a graduate certificate- Law and Sustainability
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale:The proposed Law and Sustainability certificate within ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will be instrumental in propelling ASU law students into environmental sustainability-related legal careers. Environmental sustainability is a primary emphasis at ASU, and this certificate leverages that emphasis by recognizing those law students who have successively immersed themselves in the study of sustainability-related law courses during their time at the law school. The requirements for the certificate are tailored to ensure that recipients receive a significant breadth and depth of training in such burgeoning legal fields as water law, energy law, environmental law, and land use law.
The law school’s Center for Law, Science and Innovation currently offers the Law, Science and Technology graduate certificate with a specialization in environmental and sustainability law. Students interested in environmental sustainability typically pursued that certificate and specialization.