Environmental Law Program (ELP)

The Law School's Environmental Law Program (ELP) was established in 1988 in recognition of the special challenges the State of Hawai‘i faces in developing an environmentally sustainable economy in a unique island environment. ELP trains students to become future attorneys, policy makers, and scholars in the field of environmental law locally, nationally, and internationally.

Accordingly, ELP offers a significant number of courses to second- and third-year students that allows them to explore the opportunities and challenges in this emerging field of law.

Students also may opt to earn a Certificate in Environmental Law. Students wishing to complete the ELP certificate undertake a core series of classes and must complete a directed study, externship, produce a scholarly article or paper, or participate as a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court Teams. Thanks to its dedicated faculty, ELP has gained national recognition, and is currently among the finest environmental programs in the United States.

Environmental Law Program (ELP) Website


David M. Forman '93

Interim Director of the Environmental Law Program
(808) 956-5298