Environmental & Natural Resource Law

Students interested in practicing environmental law should consider studying the issues from numerous perspectives: the law, policy and science of climate change; representing clients on various environmental issues, including climate change, air pollution, water pollution, environmental justice and endangered species; learning how to represent businesses in complying with complex environmental laws; studying how nations come together to solve global environmental problems; and participating in the environmental law clinic that offers numerous opportunities for students to obtain hands-on experience in environmental law.

An analysis of property as a social institution and particularly of the dynamics of the system for recognizing and protecting competing claims to resources. Major problem areas to be studied include...

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This course focuses on personal injury law, as it has developed within the Anglo-American legal tradition. In particular, the concept of negligence and the refinements of negligence law will be...

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J. Michaels

This course is an introduction to the legal principles that undergird the administrative state. We will study the sources of law for agency action and examine the ways in which the practical...

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J. Zasloff

In this course, we will study the legal regulation of the urban environment. Developers, environmentalists, homeowners, interest groups and other political actors are constrained and empowered by a...

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A. Carlson S. Hecht E. Parson

This introductory course examines the variety of federal legal mechanisms that protect the environment, focusing principally on several major environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean...

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Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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S. Hecht

This course examines the laws that address the legal status and management of public lands and natural resources, as well as the history, theory and legal authority that have shaped our country’s...

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W. Boyd

This course provides an introduction to energy law and regulation in the United States. It covers basic principles of rate regulation and public utilities; the division of jurisdiction between...

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T. Malloy

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings and politics of several major types of regulatory policy, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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P. Habibi M. Kahn B. Weiss

The objective of this course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of social entrepreneurship and the manner in which it can be applied to real estate. We will examine the ways in...

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S. Hecht

This course will provide an intensive look at California’s approaches to several areas of environmental and natural resources law. California’s environmental regulatory systems raise important...

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J. Michaels

This seminar examines innovative efforts to design more effective pathways for delivering public goods and services than might be available within the strictures of traditional government...

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M. Herzog C. Horowitz

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges...

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A. Carlson

The course will enroll up to 16 students, from law and other graduate programs, who will each week read the work of a scholar who will present a paper on the topic of either climate change and/or...

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M. Herzog

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement. ...

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M. Golden-Krasner A. Martinez

This course will cover the development, theories, and practice of environmental justice law, specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice. The...

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This seminar will examine market mechanisms to regulate pollution and conserve limited natural resources. We will use case studies of various economic approaches, such as fishing quotas, nutrient...

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M. Pollans

Farming has dramatic environmental impacts including air and water pollution, soil erosion, and loss of biodiversity. Unlike other industries with similar impacts, it is subject to very little...

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S. Hecht M. Herzog C. Horowitz J. Lueders

The course is designed to train students in lawyering by exposing them to actual environmental law cases. Under faculty supervision, students represent environmental and environmental justice...

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T. Malloy B. Weiss

The acquisition of a going concern raises a host of environmental issues to be resolved and integrated into the larger transaction. It also offers an excellent context in which students can learn...

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J. Groban J. Kohli V. Narro K. Wattley L. White

Practicums link substantive law courses with practice experience. They combine doctrinal courses with either field placements (live-client practicums) or simulation-based clinical courses...

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