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Before starting your research:

  • Clarify what it is you are researching and why. Ask questions.
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  • Brainstorm some keywords to use as search terms
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Environmental Law encompasses the laws, statutes, and regulations pertaining to the protection of our natural environment. Environmental law extends to local, state, national, and international levels.  For the local and state levels, this guide focuses on Massachusetts and Boston area laws and regulations.  


This guide will be of particular interest to students taking required courses for the Environmental Law Concentration. Further information about Northeastern University Law School's Environmental Law Concentration can be found here

How to Use this Guide

This guide is intended to introduce you to some of the key resources available at the Northeastern University School of Law Library for researching environmental law

Here are some suggestions:

  • Need ideas to start your research?  Try the Secondary Sources page

  • Looking for primary sources? Visit the Cases, Statutes and Regulations page

  • Preparing for an exam? Check out the Study Aids page

The materials mentioned in this guide -- except where classified as Reference, Reserve or Database -- are most often found in the KF3775 - KF3794 range on the 4th Floor of the Law Library. 

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