Law 290 - Environmental Law and Policy

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

A. Carlson S. Hecht E. Parson

General Course Description:

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 Water Act, Endangered Species Act, NEPA, RCRA, and CERCLA and the regulatory mechanisms that implement them.  In addition to studying statutes and their implementation in some detail, we will also consider a range of policy approaches to regulation, e.g., market-based versus prescriptive or information-based approaches, the methods of assessment that underlie these approaches to regulation, and their suitability to address various rapidly developing environmental issues such as controlling greenhouse gases to limit climate change.  We will also think strategically, from both industry and environmentalist perspectives, about how environmental law can be used as an instrument of social change.  A prior course on administrative law is helpful, but is not a prerequisite.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Edward Parson 15S 290 LEC 1 TR 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 4.0 No No
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Ann Carlson 13S M290 LEC 1 TR 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM 4.0 No No
Edward Parson 14S M290 LEC 1 TR 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM 4.0 No No