Water Law and Policy

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/24
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1130-1250
  • WB105
08/26/2021 11/30/2021

Course Description

This course will focus on state and federal laws governing allocation, management, and use of water and water resources. It will also examine policy and legal options for solving the primary water management challenges facing the United States, including water scarcity, groundwater depletion, protecting water quality, the impacts of land use on water resources, and restoring aquatic ecosystems. Topics will include state water rights regimes; legal, policy, and market-based tools for reallocating water among competing uses; federal regulation of water use through the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and other statutes; regulatory takings for water rights; public rights to water and water bodies; and the resolution of interstate water disputes.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM