Environmental Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /64
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date




1130-1250 SL298

Course Description

Concern about environmental risks has spurred the growth of a complex array of laws and regulations over the past four decades. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the theory and practice of environmental law, with an emphasis on the major pollution control statutes, especially the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Some of the recurring themes of the course will be the balance between federal and state authority, the economic justifications for environmental regulation, the distributional effects of environmental policy, the choice of regulatory instruments, and the role of federal agencies. The political backdrop for the development of environmental policy, especially the role of interest groups, political affiliation, and public perceptions, will also be discussed.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

In addition to class participation, students will be evaluated on the basis of several Flex quizzes over the course of the semester (administered by SRO via EXPO and taken in the law school during business hours). Exam administration details and deadline will be announced. In lieu of a final exam, students will complete a 5,000 word final project that examines the regulatory and legal issues related to a contemporary environmental problem. The final project will be due via EXPO by noon on May 8, 2025.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125210274

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law

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Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 27, 11:59 PM

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