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College of Law

Environmental Law

Course Number: 6660
Professor: Sam Kalen
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: TBA
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This course provides an overview of the broad field of environmental law, with an emphasis on the major federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as the federal programs for the regulation or management of hazardous wastes and hazardous substances. We will consider both the substantive requirements of these statutes and their conceptual approaches to environmental protection. The course also will explore issues such as the role of states in implementing these national laws, various approaches to enforcing these laws, common-law doctrines relevant to environmental protection, and economic aspects of environmental law.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture (supported by PowerPoint) with class discussion.
Written Assignments: None
Type of Exam: TENTATIVE: combination of essay and multiple choice.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Grade based primarily on exam, with a class participation component.
Other Comments:

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