JD/MEERM On Campus

Earth and Environmental Resources Management and Law

48 months
33928 USD/year
33928 USD/year
12688 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of South Carolina offers the Earth and Environmental Resources Management and Law JD/MEERM dual degree that permits students to complete the joint program for qualification in environmental law in approximately four years.


What to Expect

At the Earth and Environmental Resources Management and Law JD/MEERM dual degree from University of South Carolina you will have the opportunity to place emphasis in a variety of areas, including climate systems, water resources, weather and climate, energy, natural systems, health and environment, and sustainability. You will learn how to conduct hypothesis-driven research and communicate your knowledge both orally and in writing. Under the direction of an advisor, students will draw upon subject matter in many different fields of scientific endeavor in order to fulfill specific educational goals.

As an environmental studies major, you will have the opportunity to address complex environmental problems incorporating critical social, policy, communications, economic and/or humanities components. The knowledge and understanding gained from multiple social and science disciplines are framed in an environmental context. Students learn to make sound analyses and judgments about interdisciplinary environmental challenges and to seek and develop sustainable solutions that productively integrate social needs with scientific and technical understanding.

Impending environmental challenges include climate change, increasing drought and other extreme weather events and their impacts on infrastructure and food, energy and water supply, loss of biodiversity, increases in infectious disease, and invasive species. Environmental science students may find themselves conducting field research to help quantify such issues. Environmental studies majors may use their skills to incorporate data into policy, advocacy and sustainable business practices.


A major in environmental science or studies can prepare you for careers in:

  • corporations and private environmental and industry firms
  • government
  • national and regional nonprofit organizations
  • scientific research
  • teaching

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Topics in Environmental Studies
  • Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Advocacy Seminar
  • Seminar in Environmental Ethics
  • Earth Resource Management
  • Decision Making in Environmental Resource Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


126 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The combined JD/MEERM program requires that students be accepted independently into each of the programs, that the students begin their first year with courses exclusively in the School of Law, and that the remaining years be divided between the two programs.
  • Official Transcripts (please submit unofficial transcripts with application)
  • Official GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (if applicable, please submit unofficial scores with application)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Personal Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33928 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    33928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33928 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    12688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12688 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Columbia

999 - 1508 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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