Law M290 - Environmental Law


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Ann Carlson Sean Hecht Edward Parson



General Course Description:

The course on administrative law would be helpful, but it is not a prerequisite.

This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms that regulate the environment including common law property and tort doctrines such as nuisance and negligence, as well as the major federal statutes such as RCRA, CERCLA, NEPA, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. Statutes will be studied in some detail but also as examples of different regulatory approaches, ranging from "command and control" regulation to "incentive based" and "information disclosure" strategies. We will study some of the hot issues in environmental law such as the remediation of hazardous waste sites and the revitalization of Takings jurisprudence by property rights advocates under the 5th Amendment. We will also think strategically, from both the industry and environmentalist perspective, about how law may be an instrument of social change. We will explore the field from a number of perspectives - as a site of intense group conflict, as an example of how regulation can both fail and succeed to achieve its goals, as an opportunity for public-private cooperation in governance, and as an example of a technical and scientifically driven area of law.

We will also spend a significant amount of time on the law and science of climate change, with a focus on domestic efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Edward Parson 14S M290 LEC 1 TR 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM 4.0 No No


Previous Course Offerings:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sean Hecht 12S M290 LEC 1 MTW 1:40 PM - 2:50 PM 4.0 No No
Ann Carlson 13S M290 LEC 1 TR 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM 4.0 No No


Categories: Admin & Govt Reg - Economic & Consumer Regulation; Environmental & Natural Resource; Interdisciplinary & Cross-Listed Courses; Public Interest Law and Policy - JD Specialization; Real Estate & Property Law;