Final grade is determined by in-class participation and a paper.
Examines the legal and policy issues surrounding the rapidly developing areas of environmental law-air and water pollution, energy development/conservation-with a special emphasis on the law of toxic and hazardous waste control. This course refines and applies a combination of skills acquired in the first-year curriculum. Through class discussions and case analysis, the course prepares students to practice as corporate counsel, prosecuting attorneys, public interest attorneys or government counsel in this burgeoning area of the law.
Faculty comments: Professor Ferrey: Some Environmental Law courses survey a wide range of environmental topics . Instead, this section of the course is (1) going to treat in detail a sub-set of environmental topics and issues and (2) is going to go up the learning curve quickly, by using the “Examples and Explanations” book to elevate the discussion. Topics planned to be covered are the Clean Air Act, the Superfund, RCRA, NEPA, climate change, the Federal Power Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, plus the environmental application of various Constitutional law principles, standing and ripeness to bring suit. This particular section does not use a Socratic or lecture format, but instead during most weeks will have students address a total of a half dozen real-world environmental problems, to try to apply the material learned to different real-world situations. It qualifies as a “skills” course. Participation is at least 35% of the grade, as is a final paper in lieu of an exam. Students also present their draft paper orally during the last two weeks of the semester. If participating in class discussion on a regular basis is not your preferred learned method, this format is not recommended for you and you might instead choose a different section of this course. Class is limited to no more than 20 students, so that participation and skills development is facilitated.
Professor Griffith: Will follow the course design outlined under Professor Ferrey above. A research paper on an Environmental Law topic will be required in lieu of an examination. A short paper (no more than 2 pages) may also be required on a particular Environmental Law problem. Class participation will be graded, and the syllabus will establish the percentage of the grade attributable to class participation.
Attorney Schram: Is taught by lecture and use of the socratic method with some problem analysis. There is a paper requirement. Class participation is not graded in a formal way. The course focuses on the traditional areas of domestic statutory law. It is not problem-based as I understand the other environmental courses are.
is limited: 20
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<<Course Updated: April 01, 2013>>