Master’s Degree in Public Law course Law and Territorial and Environmental Public Action

La Rochelle
  • Initial training
  • Continuing training

Are you concerned about environmental issues related to public law and urban planning?

The Public Territorial and Environmental Law and Action course forms lawyers to be capable of understanding and applying the rules of law in relation to local authorities, the environment and territorial planning, particularly coastal planning.
You will also learn how to handle the fundamentals of the geographic information system (SIG) in relation to legal issues, to apply consultation procedures in planning operations and to use tools for analysing public territorial policies.

About this program

Master’s Degree 1 Law and Public Action

In Master’s 1, the course in public law and political science is more general and covers various fields: local authority law, constitutional litigation, international and European protection of human rights, administrative and European law, sociology of public action, contract and public service law, regional planning, etc. Students also follow more specific courses, such as civil service law, public business law or town planning law. There are optional courses and an internship can already be completed (or a research thesis).

The person in charge of the master 1,

Francois Goliard


Master’s Degree 2 Territorial and Environmental Law and Public Action

It focuses on issues related to the law of local and regional authorities, spatial planning, public action and the environment. This diploma is intended to professionalise (a 3-month practical internship is also required) without excluding the possibility of doing a research thesis in view of preparing a doctorate within the CEJEP (Centre d’Études Juridiques et Politiques, research laboratory of the faculty). It offers a variety of legal courses (decentralisation law, environmental law, coastal and port law, urban planning, public markets, etc.) from a multidisciplinary perspective, in order to better meet the expectations of professionals in the public and private sectors (local authorities, law firms, consultancies).

Director of the Master’s 2

Testimony of a graduate student
After starting my university studies at the University of Nantes, I chose to benefit from the course provided by the University of La Rochelle. The Master’s Degree 2 Territorial and environmental settings (currently named Public Territorial and Environmental Law and Action course ) first of all allowed me to train in general subjects of public law (administrative contracts, public domain, civil service, public litigation...) but also in more specific areas such as the environment and coastal areas. If this training is essential for people who wish to join the local civil service, it also allows one to occupy other legal professions in the private sector, as a lawyer, of course, but also as a lawyer in a company or in a law firm. Now a lawyer in an international law firm, I can only recommend this Rochelais Master’s degree, which, thanks to its closeness with the teaching staff, its quality, its support and its seriousness, represents a real asset for all students who wish to quickly enter the professional world.

Aurélien Boulineau, Lawyer.

Find the testimonies of the students who visited the State Council

Research thesis or a 3-month internship and report.

  • details formation


In the 1st and 2nd year of the Master’s Degree programme, candidates are selected on the basis of their applications.
You wish to apply for the 1st year of the Master’s program
You wish to apply for the 2nd year of the Master’s programme

Your profile

You have a Bac+3, Bac+4 or equivalent: you have followed the fundamental legal disciplines of the Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

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Target positions

 Consulting firms and lawyers
 Territorial setting
 Association lawyer
 Design office lawyer
 Lawyer for local and regional authorities, State administrations, etc.
 Environmental lawyer, urban planning

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