Energy and Cleantech Law Program

Transitioning to a sustainable energy and environmental path represents one of the greatest challenges in human history, and also creates myriad opportunities for professionals who are trained to take advantage of them.  Berkeley Law’s Energy and Clean Technology Law Program prepares the next generation of leaders to face this monumental task by providing interdisciplinary perspectives and an ever-evolving set of tools.

The Program is uniquely suited to leverage excellence across many disciplines and combines the efforts of leading programs in the fields of Energy and the Environment, Law and Technology, and Business and the Economy. Among the nation’s top 10 law schools as ranked by US News & World Reports, Berkeley Law earned the highest ranking for Environmental Law (number 3 overall) and Intellectual Property Law (number 1 overall), two integral components of the Energy and Cleantech Program.

Curriculum and Scholarship

The Energy and Cleantech program offers courses in Energy Regulation and the Environment, Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels, and Energy Project Finance, and incorporates curriculum spanning multiple disciplines. Students can enroll in the Energy and Cleantech Research Seminar in which they conduct in-depth case studies on cleantech projects and energy programs. Students may also engage in faculty-supervised research, or serve as externs in organizations such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The new Certificate of Specialization in Clean Technology Law encourages students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of the law while receiving advanced training in environmental, energy, intellectual property, and finance law.

The 2012-2013 application for the Energy and Cleantech Research Seminar can be found here.

In Spring 2012, Professor Steve Weissman of Berkeley Law and Jennifer Granholm, visiting Professor of Law and Public Policy and former Governor of Michigan, organized special meetings in Washington, DC for their students in “Renewable Energy and Other Cleaner Fuels: Energy Policy to Save the Planet, the Country, and the Economy."

The students met with energy policy makers to present recommendations that they developed through the course on developing a national clean energy plan.  This course was offered jointly through Berkeley Law and the Goldman School of Public Policy.  An article on this visit can be viewed here.  


The Energy and Cleantech Law Program connects Berkeley Law students to UC Berkeley’s renownedenergy and cleantech expertise in the fields of science, engineering, business, and public policy. UC Berkeley was ranked by as the #2 university in the country (second only to MIT) for clean technology, earning the highest ranking of any university with a law school.   Berkeley Law students are able, and encouraged, to take relevant courses through other UC Berkeley graduate departments, including the Energy & Resources Group (ERG), the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP), and Haas School of Business. The program also helps provide students with exposure to cutting edge clean technologies at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Although housed in CLEE, the Energy & Cleantech Program operates as a collaboration among CLEE and two other Berkeley Law research centers:

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) is the school’s hub for rigorous, relevant, empirically based research and education on the inter-relationships of law, business and the economy. BCLBE informs students, policymakers and the public of the implications of this innovative work to promote positive outcomes on business operations, economic growth, and market efficiency. BCLBE’s interdisciplinary approach to basic research, timeline policy research, curriculum innovation, and public education empowers current and future leaders is business, law and policy to tackle the most pressing problems of today and tomorrow.

The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) is the center of teaching and research for intellectual property law, privacy law and cyberlaw.  In addition to an unparalleled curriculum, BCLT presents students with a unique opportunity to learn about the world of technology law through conferences, student organizations, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and networking with leading lawyers, scholars and policy makers.


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