Who We Are.

The Boston College Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a community of students, faculty, alumni, and friends who share a social consciousness regarding important environmental issues. We offer a variety of unique opportunities for students to become informed and active in the pursuit of a better and healthier environment. In order to accomplish this, we organize an increasingly broad scope of activities which are fun, educational, and service-oriented.

Our goal is to offer members of the law school community opportunities to learn about environmental issues as well as how to utilize a legal education to make real contributions to the field of environmental law.

What We Do.

ELS sponsors a variety opportunities for students to learn about environmental issues and to become involved in educational and service-oriented activities. Students can testify at public hearings on environmental issues and do legal research for several non-profit environmental groups. With help from professors and alumni, ELS organizes a six-week regulatory skills course the fall and a speaker panel in the spring. At these seminars, practitioners and academics speak about their career paths and teach mini-seminars on related topics such as environmental law, land use, urban planning, and administrative law. Additionally, ELS sponsors activities such as fall foliage hikes, canoeing, clean-ups, Earth Day events, and an environmental awareness week in the spring.

Case Study: Students at Boston College Law School Submit Papers to the President's Oil Spill Commission.

On November 3rd, 2010, Boston College Law School submitted 20 legal research memos produced by the cooperative effort of 37 students, Professor Zygmunt Plater, and members of the Boston Bar Association to the President’s Gulf Oil Spill Commission. This tremendous project took place over just three weeks and was a valuable resource to government officials investigating the blowout in the Gulf. 

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