ESP 551A: Environmental Law

2010-04-15 -

Meeting Day Added. 1/19/10 – Maximum Increased.


66297 (for web registration)




Rebecca Todd






Spring 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/21 - 5/6 (8:30AM-10:59AM)
Sun 4/18 (8:00AM-5:59PM)


Competency Areas: Civic Ecology II
Restricted to SP 09, Fall 09 & SP 10 ES masters students from December 8 – 16; open to all ES students on December 17.

This course will survey some critical federal environmental statutes in the United States and highlight important case law decided under those statutes. While an in-depth treatment of environmental law is not possible in a course of this length, we will examine the historical context of the major environmental statutes and regulations as well as their impact on land, air, water, and natural resources. We will explore how law and regulations are passed, and how the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government and the regulatory agencies function.

The course objectives include becoming familiar with a new vocabulary and learning how to read a legal opinion. We will begin to understand what a lawyer does and how to think like a lawyer. This course will test our abilities to spot legal issues and deliver reasoned and reasonable arguments on opposing sides of an issue. In addition to regular class meetings, please plan on a TBA weekend day for Moot Court and a TBA weekday morning for visiting a court.