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Spring 2022 Seminar

Environmental Law and Policy Clinical Course

Required Clinic Component: Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (4-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: December 3, 2021.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic through the LLM General Clinic Application.

This course teaches practical skills, knowledge, and strategies for practicing environmental law.  To supplement your experience in the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, the class examines and works through several of the legal, policy and practical issues involved in cleaning up contaminated sites.  You will learn about how the responsibility for historic and new contamination is currently divided between public and private parties and examine tools that help buyers and sellers manage environmental risks in transactions. The class will then explore some of the potential equitable implications of these systems and brainstorm what alternative approaches might entail. You will practice skills such as: parsing and applying relevant statutes and environmental standards; identifying indicators and scope of environmental contamination; allocating risks via contracts and insurance; and advising public and private sector clients. The course is practical, hands-on, and participatory.  You will develop and apply skills through class discussions, in-class and written exercises, and peer review.