Conservation Planning and Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/14
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1540-1740
  • WB162
01/26/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This seminar will explore planning techniques and legal issues surrounding protection of landscapes of natural, historical and cultural value and public uses of those landscapes. Students’ work is client-oriented and project-based. Prospective projects include extension of the Rivanna Trail system; protection of conservation easements in the Blue Ridge Mountains; development of trails connecting the University’s Morven Farm with adjacent historical and natural sites and linking Charlottesville to the Shenandoah National Park; and the creation of parks and conservation areas within the region. Students will have the opportunity to research the legal and institutional means by which natural and cultural sites are recognized and protected, issues of public use, access and liability, property instruments used in the creation of conservation sites (fee ownership, easements, leases), etc. We also plan to offer field trips to relevant sites.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to complete exercises, client writings, presentations, final reports, and a short reflective essay. All work should be submitted directly to professors (not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. 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: Yes
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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM