The ELR is among a minority of law journals in that it allows first years to apply for membership.
The Fordham Environmental Law Review published its first volume in 1989 as the Fordham Environmental Law Report. In 1993 the journal changed its name to the Fordham Environmental Law Journal. In 2004 the journal underwent yet another change in title to its current incarnation as the Fordham Environmental Law Review.
On October 1, 2007 the Fordham Environmental Law Review sponsored its 15th annual symposium Energy and Climate Change: North and South Perspectives. The symposium examined the challenges and oppotunites presented by global climate change and its interplay with national and international law. Christopher Flavin delivered the keynote address. The symposium was put together in cooperation with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Pace Law School, and the United Nations Development Programme.