Environmental Lawyers Salaries
In order to practice environmental law, a Juris Doctor (JD) with an emphasis in environmental law is needed. It is also recommended to look for such interdisciplinary courses and programs as environmental advocacy, natural resource management studies among others. According to the U.S. News Report 2010, Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT is the best environmental law school in U.S., the second is Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and the third best law school is University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, CA.
The Job of an environmental lawyer includes client intake, interviewing, and screening; case analysis; representation during administrative processes; litigation, oral argument, etc. For instance lawyers may be advising on contaminated lands and brownfields. This may be in the context of a real estate transaction or in preparation of litigation. They can be in provincial court representing a companies or individual charged with a regulatory offence. They can also be advised on aboriginal law subjects such as how to ensure safe clean drinking water on a reserve.
Actually, with an increasing concern with pollution and global warming, similarly private and public organizations are looking for legal minds with a background in environmental law. At the present these organizations are looking for legal guidance on ecological issues as pollution control, energy efficiency and environmental regulation. It is expected that the field of environmental law grow 18 % to 25 % over the next decade.
Because of the high demand, the industry offers high salaries to environmental lawyers. The average salary in the U.S. can reach up to $100,000 per year. These salaries depend on a diversity of factors such as location, experience, law firm, industry, etc. The highest paying United States city for environmental lawyers is New York City with an average salary of $122,900 per year (in 2009) according to Salaryexpert.com.