Water Law

As a lawyer focusing on water law, you will often be at the center of major development projects with significant community, economic and environmental implications. Your work will ensure the continuous and sustainable availability of the world’s most critical resource — fresh water — for businesses, landowners, communities and the environment.

Here are just a few examples of the work you may expect as a lawyer who practices water law.

  • Procure freshwater resources for private companies and agricultural interests.
  • Work with governmental agencies on regulatory compliance and permitting issues.
  • Aid environmental organizations on habitat and flows protection regimes.
  • Appear in court for enforcement and water rights challenges.

Lawyers focusing on water law also help ensure the replenishment and long-term availability of freshwater resources. This often involves engaging with cutting-edge technological and legal developments that facilitate water reuse, desalination, aquifer storage and recovery, and integrated water resources management.

Core Courses

If you focus on water law, you should start by taking these courses.

  • Administrative Law
  • Water Law

Recommended Courses

Below are recommended courses related to water law. You should choose courses that interest you or that will further your career objectives.

  • Climate Change and Energy Law Seminar
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Oil & Gas Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Water Law
  • Land Use
  • Law and Science Seminar
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Oil & Gas
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting
  • Special Topics: International Water Law Seminar​
  • Special Topics: LARW III: Environmental Litigation Drafting
  • Special Topics: LARW III: Oil & Gas Law Drafting

Related Courses

You should also consider taking one or more of the following courses related to water law.

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum
  • The Business Negotiator

Student Organizations

  • Energy Law Student Association