About Us


The Harvard Environmental Law Society was founded in 1970 by three Harvard Law students who perceived a pressing need for the Law School, and the law in general, to respond more effectively to the nation’s environmental problems. To this end, they created an organization that was committed to preparing students to creatively and intelligently use the law in the service of the environment.

Since ELS’s founding, the field of environmental law has been ever-changing, but the organization’s central mission remains the same:  to strengthen the capacity of its members to make real contributions to the field of environmental law — and to the environment itself — in the local, national and international communities.


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What is ELS?

The Harvard Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School.

What will ELS do this year?

We have an exciting year ahead, with social events and impact-driven programming planned, and we invite you participate in any or all of our events. We also welcome your ideas for new events and trips.

How can I get involved?

The best way to stay informed is to join our mailing list. Just contact us and indicate that you’d like to be added to our mailing list.