Welcome to the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use

Using the law to serve the Gulf Coast.

Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law brings together dedicated students, inspiring professors, expert lawyers, and active members of the community to study and respond to the Gulf Coast’s most challenging environmental problems. Through CEL, students can explore cutting-edge environmental issues in the classroom, engage with experts at special events and programs, or draft and analyze policy for real clients through Loyola’s Environmental Advocacy Project (LEAP). Additionally, CEL oversees a popular certificate program in environmental law that prepares students for careers in private practice, government service, industry, non-profit advocacy, and public policy analysis. The Gulf region—and Louisiana in particular—offer one of the richest and most demanding geographies for environmental work. From fighting toxic pollution to restoring the marshes to expanding urban hydroponic farms, CEL focuses on improving the health and welfare of Gulf communities and the quality of the surrounding environment.