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Fall 2020 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: August 14, 2020.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.

This course teaches skills and strategies for practicing environmental law as a supplement to enrollment in the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. The class will examine and work through various types of environmental litigation (administrative proceedings, criminal litigation, and civil litigation, including statute-based and common law-based litigation), building the case for litigation (fact gathering, petition for agency action, comments on proposed agency rules), amicus briefing, and strategies for avoiding litigation. We will engage with environmental, energy, and climate justice issues. Locating and parsing pertinent environmental statutes, regulations, and key cases will be necessary, but general mastery of black letter law is not the focus of the course. The course is practical, hands-on and participatory. Students will develop and apply skills through class discussions as well as in-class and written exercises.