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Environmental Law

This class is offered as three credits in the Spring or as four credits in the Fall.

Three-Credits Taught by Fromherz:

This is a three-credit survey course on federal environmental law. This course is suitable for those planning careers in environmental law, but it should also be helpful for any student interested in learning more about the basic structure of our pollution statutes. While some policy issues are addressed, the thrust of this course is the law as it exists today. The course examines the National Environmental Policy Act (and associated principles of administrative law), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the federal statutes dealing with hazardous substances, and international law.

Evaluation is by final exam.

Four-Credit Version Taught by Funk or Johnston:

This is a four-credit survey course of federal environmental law, an essential course for anyone wanting to practice in this field. While some policy issues are addressed, the thrust of this course is the law as it exists today. The course examines in some detail the National Environmental Policy Act and provides an introduction to the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the federal statutes dealing with hazardous substances, and international environmental law.

Professor Johnston’s and Professor Funk’s courses differ in the following ways: Professor Johnston spends some time on administrative law issues; Professor Funk’s does not. Professor Funk’s course includes international environmental law issues; Professor Johnston’s does not. Professor Johnston’s course is somewhat more intense and goes into more depth with respect to EPA’s regulatory programs.

Summer ONLY

An essential course for anyone wanting to practice in this field, this course provides a survey of federal environmental laws including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and federal statutes dealing with hazardous substances.

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