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College of Law

Tp: Wildlife Law

Course Number: 6915
Professor: Debra L. Donahue
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview:

This course explores a fascinating practice area for natural resource and environmental attorneys. Wildlife law cuts across many traditional subject matter areas, including property, constitutional law, administrative law, and international law, as well as other natural resource law topics, such as water law, land use, and Indian law. The course will examine (to varying extents): the common law roots of wildlife law; wildlife as property (private vs. public); federal statutes, including the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act; conservation, game management, and habitat protection; inter-sovereign relations (state, federal, tribal, and international); biodiversity in the law; environmental ethics; and climate change adaptation.  Throughout the course, we will consider the public policies underlying various aspects of wildlife law.

The course will provide law students with exposure to science and management principles and terminology. Non-law students will gain insights into how law and policy influence wildlife management. 

There will be no final exam. Students will prepare and present to the class a substantial research paper, which may satisfy the College of Law advanced writing requirement.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Seminar-type format: discussion and some lecture
Written Assignments: Research paper. In appropriate circumstances, the paper could take the form of comments on pending legislation or proposed regulations, or an amicus brief in ongoing litigation.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Research paper, oral presentation, and class participation
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