Legal Education for Sustainability: A Report on US Progress

Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 5:2 (2011): 225–232

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-14

9 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2015

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John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: June 9, 2015

Abstract

This article is an overview of sustainability efforts in US law schools. It describes two sets of drivers for these efforts — inside and outside the legal profession. Drivers from within the legal profession include the American Bar Association as well as several state and local bar associations; law firms and other law organizations; and current and prospective law students. Drivers from outside the legal profession include clients, universities and colleges, nongovernmental organizations, and government. This article then describes what US law schools are now doing in the areas of curriculum, research, buildings and operations, community outreach and service, student life, and institutional mission, policy and planning. More generally, it suggests that law schools need to play a leading role in the national and global effort to achieve sustainability.

Keywords: Sustainable development, sustainability, legal education, law school, environmental law, climate change

JEL Classification: K00, K3, K19, K32, N5, O13, Q2

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Legal Education for Sustainability: A Report on US Progress (June 9, 2015). Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 5:2 (2011): 225–232; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2616262

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

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