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Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Program overview

In the heart of Canada's energy capital, our Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law program is recognized by LLM Guide as one of the top 10 energy law programs in the world. The Certificate will give practicing lawyers an in-depth understanding of the legal aspects of the transition to a low-carbon economy, mining law, renewable energy law, water law, environmental ethics and much more.

Our Faculty of Law is one of the strongest in Canada in energy and environmental law, and our library has abundant resources in these areas. These resources are rounded out with our work with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, one of the leading centres of expertise on legal and trade issues affecting energy issues in our nation.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will complete four courses (including at least one with a research paper) in the area of natural resources, energy or environmental law or a related area.


Private practice, in house counsel, government, regulatory bodies and non-government organizations in the specialty area.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Three years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the law degree. To be competitive, applicants will generally have GPAs considerably above the minimum.

International applicants should visit this website to determine whether or not their GPAs meet program minima.

Minimum education

A law degree

Work samples



  • A CV
  • You will be asked to identify two referees. Ensure that the contact information you provide is accurate. At least one, and preferably both, of your references should be provided by individuals who have worked with you in a previous academic program and are well familiar with your past work and your current plans.
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, including any that you may currently be attending. Information about transcripts is available HERE

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements

Dates and Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Application portal (below) opens September 1.
  • Application deadline: December 1.
  • Deadline for submission of supporting documents and reference letters: December 15.

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Law Graduate Programs

University of Calgary- Law Graduate Programs
MFH 2380, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

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