Natural Resources Law
Course Number: 6865
Professor: Debra L. Donahue
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: TBA
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None
Course Overview: This course introduces the student to the general legal principles governing the ownership, use, and protection of natural and environmental resources in the United States. Natural and environmental resources are the physical attributes of the earth that have value to people, either for direct use and enjoyment or for the ecological services they provide. The laws governing use of these resources generally depend on whether they are publicly or privately owned. The materials begin with common resources such as wildlife and water, move to privately owned resources such as oil and gas, and then to public lands and their resources. Regulation of activities to control discharge of pollution and protect ecosystem values is addressed. The trend toward promotion of sustainable use is considered.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Traditional
Written Assignments: None
Type of Exam: Written or oral final exam.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Optional paper with final oral exam or written final exam, plus class participation.
Other Comments: This course is appropriate for students seeking a general introduction to the area of natural and environmental resources law. For students not intending to take more specific or in-depth courses such as oil and gas law, water law, public land law, or environmental law, it can provide a useful overview. For students expecting to take more specific courses, it can provide a helpful introduction to the general field and the basic concepts and principles that apply.