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Environmental Law

NOTE: This course is available as an On Campus Section for in-person students or an Online Section designed for LLM Distance Students. Each section has its own course description. See the note below about eligibility for the Online Section for JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs.  

On Campus Section

Offered as four credits in the Fall or as three credits in the Summer.

Four-Credit Version Taught in the Fall:

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.

Three-Credit Version Taught in the Summer:

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.

Online Section  

This course will be offered online. Environmental Law is an essential course for anyone wanting to practice in this field. The 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.

Students will be expected to view the class videos in the timeframes allotted.  The class will be evaluated based on class participation (through online discussion) and a final exam. The final exam will be unscheduled, meaning students can choose when to take it during the exam period.

Notes for LC JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs:

Lewis & Clark JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs are permitted to take some courses online within the limits of LC’s distance learning policy. Those students should consult the distance learning policy prior to signing up for distance learning courses

Students who are on campus are asked to take the in-person version of the class when both an in-person and online version of the same class are offered in the same semester, but may petition the Associate Dean of Students, Libby Davis, to take the online version if they have a compelling reason for doing so:  eadavis@lclark.edu

JD students at other law schools may be able to take online courses if space permits and permitted by their home school. Contact Associate Dean of the Environmental Law Program, Janice Weis, at jweis@lclark.edu