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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ENV5105

The goal of Administrative Law is to provide you with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law, a general knowledge of the workings of bureaucratic institutions, and an understanding of the critiques of government. It examines the implementation of legislative policy through administrative agencies.

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH RES7355

Students will enhance their knowledge of traditional and business related legal research sources at both the federal and state levels.  Students will choose a desired practice area and jurisdiction, and, based on selections, students will be assigned a company or an organization as their client.

Research will be conducted using many online legal research databases as well as free government websites and alternatives to Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law.  Students will evaluate the databases and eventually select and recommend the most relevant online legal research options for use in their selected practice area and jurisdiction.  

NO REQUIRED TEXTS

ADVANCED WRITING SEM WRI7301

This seminar is designed to provide students with the opportunity to write an article or policy paper, and is a capstone for students pursuing a certificate or meeting their degree Project/Writing requirement. 

ALTERNATIVE FUELS & RENEWABLE ENERGY ENV5344

This survey course is built on the three major cornerstones of renewable energy development: technology, socioeconomics, and law and policy. It targets a diverse audience including aspiring and experienced energy and environmental professionals, public policy analysts, and attorneys venturing into the world of renewable energy.

THERE ARE NO REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS FOR THIS CLASS.

BEST WRI7352

Bar Exam Skills & Tactics ("BEST") is a three-credit course designed to provide students with the analytical, test-taking, writing, and study skills that are critical to students' success on the bar exam.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION ENV5343

Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems
Impacts of climate change on human systems - infrastructure, property, and possessions - poses both a challenge to law, and an illustration of how the law and legal institutions evolve in response to major social changes.

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION ENV5214

Addresses current legal, policy, and economic incentives and problems in our attempt to mitigate our carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gasses to a more tolerable level.

CLIMATE CHANGE, EXTINCTION AND ADAPTATION ENV5336

Students examine the ecological, social and ethical consequences of climate change impacts on the natural world. After reviewing climate disruption's potential to invoke significant habitat modification and biological impoverishment, students consider various legal and policy options to address both the phenomenon of climate change and its effects. A JD perspective class. THERE ARE NO REQUIRED BOOKS FOR THIS CLASS - ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LAW ENV5212

Climate change is the environmental issue of the 21st century. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) are at the highest levels they have been in Earth's history. 

CLI9440 EXTERNSHIP

MELP Externships are designed to give students first-hand field experience in the environmental area. The best experiences integrate legal, scientific, policy, and ethical issues. Non-profit groups; international, federal, state and local government agencies; law firms, and consulting firms are among the many organizations from all over the world to sponsor MELP externships.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS, ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP ENV5122

This course provides an introduction to the writing and advocacy tools used by advocates. The anticipated outcome of this course is to teach you to use some of the more common tools advocates use in their work, but also to encourage you to consider advocacy in a broader context. 

ENERGY REGULATION & THE ENVIRONMENT ENV5228

Builds on the course Energy Law & Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World by exposing students to the legal, economic and structural issues involved in energy regulation and energy markets focusing on electricity. 

ENERGY LAW & POLICY - CARBON ENV5226

The energy industry is both a key to the life that billions seek and our world's most significant source of pollution. Environmental problems are the most important constraint now faced by energy industries. This course examines the key issues in American energy policy (with references to global context), and searches for ways to resolve, or at least ease, the strains that that policy puts upon environmental sustainability.

ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION ADR6415

Explores the range of processes that are used to resolve envionmental disputes with particular emphasis on consentual processes such as negotiation and mediation. Instruction will be based on lectures and disussions of the theory of dispute resolution and environmental law and simulations to practice the skills needed to resolve environmental disputes.  A JD skills class.

ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS & MARKETS ENV5220

 NO PRINTED MATERIALS REQUIRED.

This course addresses the role of economics in fostering pro-environmental behavior. The role of culture and social norms in promoting social behavior and provide insight with respect to the institutionalized nature of economic theory will be discussed. The discussion will be framed by economics and will relate to establishing or established environmental policy and perception.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ENV5115

An introduction to the broader categories of protecting human health and the environment to both assess the successes and failures of environmental protection in the U.S. and gain more detailed substantive knowledge of several key statutes.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY, ENV 5547

No text required for this course. 

Energy Efficiency Policy covers the systems, policies and legal frameworks enabling energy efficiency to serve as an energy resource. The focus of the couse is on end-use energy efficiecy for electricity and natural gas, how more sercices can be probvioded using the same anout of energy. 

EVIDENCE LIT7210

Evidence deals with seeking the truth; it examines the process we use to determine the truth at trial, a particularly high-stakes context. The fundamental questions of relevance and reliability advance this goal. 

FEDERAL REGULATION OF FOOD & AG ENV5411

No required texts.

This course provides an overview of key federal laws and programs that impact different aspects of the food system from farm to fork. Students will examine federal farm, food, and agricultural law and consider the role of state and local government in developing food policy.

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW PUB7500

First Amendment Law covers the core issues of First Amendment law: free speech, free press, free exercise of religion, the establishment clause, and freedom of association. 

FRENCH LEGAL SYSTEM INT7410

French Legal System with Gretchen Oldham

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY & JUSTICE ENV5478

This course addresses the legal landscape of global hunger, and the ways in which climate change, population growth and economic inequality intersect with food security law and policy challenges. First, we’ll address how “food security” and “hunger” are defined and measured for policy-making purposes.

Approved for Master’s credit only.

NO TEXTBOOKS

INTERNATIONAL ENV LAW INT 7421

This course offers an introduction to International Environmental Law (IEL) with a strong emphasis on oceans and climate change. The course provides students with an overview of the evolution of IEL, its’ underlying principles, how it is developed and implemented, and the challenges of enforcing it.

INTRO TO LAW & POLICY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & ENV ENV5108

This survey course brings together American law impacting agriculture and food and explores the traditional divisions between agriculture, food, and environmental regulation.

THERE ARE NO BOOKS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE

LAW & POLICY OF LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS ENV5479

This course explores state and local policies that impact distribution of food, restaurant regulation, and comparisons of state-level initiatives to bolster local food markets. Students will be exposed to specific skills for small and mid-size producers and entrepreneurs working in the agricultural and food industries. Finally, students will examine the state and local food laws and emerging entrepreneurial trends in food production. 

THERE ARE NO BOOKS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

LEGISLATION & REGULATION SURVEY REQ7186

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Legislation and Regulation, focusing on the constitutional structure of government, the legislative process and statutory interpretation, the nature and authority of public administrative agencies, the methods agencies use to establish regulations and other legal rules, and the process for judicial review of agency action.

LLM SEMINAR LLM9606

This seminar ranges widely over environmental law and policy, exploring diverse advanced topics and viewpoints, and entailing vigorous discussion of the leading environmental law and policy issues of our day. Each student will also complete a mini-thesis in which they will develop their own analysis perspective or solution to a problem in environmental law and policy. THERE ARE NO REQUIRED TEXTS FOR THIS COURSE. CLICK FOR RECOMMENDED ONLY.

NARRATIVE WRITING SEMINAR RSJ 7215

Today, being an advocate requires more than knowing how to write a brief. Fluency in a variety of written forms – memorandums, op-eds, letters, emails, blog posts – is all but required. This course will cover these forms and others. 

NATIVE AMERICANS & THE LAW DIV7620

Native Americans and the Law will provide an in-depth look at the body of law and policy guiding the federal government’s lengthy relationship with all indigenous Americans, including Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians. The course will use the framework of subject-specific areas to explore the legal, historical, cultural and socio-political forces that shape and govern the relationship between indigenous Americans and the federal and state governments today.
 

NATURAL RESOURCES LAW ENV5235

Examines the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Considers the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources.

OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT ENV5469

Examines the legal and regulatory framework of domestic and international upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.Explores key domestic statutory and common law sources, regulations, and industry standards. Surveys selected international and comparative materials such as oil spill prevention agreements, arbitral decisions, and technical regulations.
YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE ANY WRITTEN MATERIALS FOR THIS COURSE - THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE SITE.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY REQ7265

The study of a lawyer's professional obligations based on the ABA's Model Rules, ethical rules from selected jurisdictions, and other laws and traditions governing professional conduct. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to identify ethical dilemmas and acquire the tools to help resolve them.

RSJ 7115, PRINCIPLES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

This highly participatory course will explore restorative justice and the ideas that form its foundation, question its strengths and shortcomings, examine restorative practices, and investigate opportunities to put the theory into practice.

RSJ7120 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ORIGINS

This course covers the evolving definitions and history of restorative justice and related regulatory and relationial practices and approaches.  Students will consider the ways concepts and debates in restorative justice are evolving and being used to tackle some of society's most challanging problems.

RSJ7140, APPLIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE

This course will explore the use of criminal legal systems to address social and environmental harms. Following an introductory section covering the basics of criminal law and procedure, the course will explore conventional and alternative criminal justice applications to address crimes against people including drug and internet offenses, animal abuse, and environmental harms.

RSJ7210 ADVERSITY, TRAUMA & VICTIMIZATION

This course will explore the legal, historical, cultural, and psychological frameworks underlying victim rights policy, as well as best practices for effective victim/survivor engagement across the American criminal justice system. 

RSJ 7230 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INDIGENOUS

This course will focus on how indigenous people from many countries and cultures respond to conflict and harm. The course will consider how contemporary restorative practices find roots in the approaches from indigenous people.

RSJ7250 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE GLOBAL

This course will consider how other places and countries have adopted and utilized restorative practices to address systemic harm.  The location or locations that form the basis of the semester will depend on the expertise of the professor.

RSJ 7320 NEW APPROACHES

This course will address how systems and communities respond to domestic and sexual violence.

RSJ 7330, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

This course explores how restorative justice approaches can provide important alternatives to more traditional responses to harm within educational settings. Restorative justice has three primary applications in school settings, which includes both K-12 schools and higher education. Restorative circles are commonly used to build and strengthen relationships between students and with their teachers.

RSJ7340 RACE, CRIMES &

This course explores the impact of race on the U.S. criminal legal system and how restorative justice approaches may help address the systemic racism that permeates the system.  Starting with the US Constitution, the course will explore the 13th Amendment, convict leasing, Jim Crow, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, racial disparities in arrest, prosecution, and sentencing practices.

 

RSJ7350 ETHICS AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

This course provides a brief review of ethical codes of conduct applicable in various professional disciplines and analyzes the possible tension between modern codes of conduct and a pure restorative approach to harm and conflict. 

RSJ7360 ADVANCED VICTIM RIGHTS

This course builds upon the foundation of Adversity, Trauma and Victimization to explore deeply the legal interplay between victim rights and the criminal justice system.  Students will engage in detailed analysis of victim rights law 

SALES BUS6280

This is an introductory course in the area of Sales and will focus on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code governing the sale of goods. By the end of the course, students will have worked extensively with Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, understand its basic history and how it is interpreted, and be able to work through problems using baseline analytical skills that will be expected of them as practicing lawyers. NO REQUIRED BOOKS.

 

SCIENCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ENV5112

This course will introduce how science is used to identify, regulate, and monitor human impacts on the environment.  The course has three primary themes: (1) develop/refine your understanding of the scientific method, (2) develop an understanding of how different scientific disciplines are used to study and manage various types of environmental issues and (3) develop the ability to apply scientific concepts and evidence to resolve environmental issues. The focus for the course is that of the non-scientist environmental professional—lawyer, policy maker, manager, etc.—who needs to be able to understand the basics of the science behind both an environmental problem and the possible solutions.

 

WATER RESOURCES LAW ENV5245

Water is the planet's most precious natural resource. Deciding how it will be shared among competing demands is one of a society's most challenging questions. Water Resources Law is a review of the law