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Water Law

Description: This course explores legal schemes for securing and using water rights in surface water and groundwater for private and public uses in the United States. We will examine the riparian and prior appropriation doctrines of water allocation, groundwater management regimes, the public rights to water, and federal and tribal water management and regulation of water resources. We will also consider the evolving role of science, economics, and policy in water allocation law. Evaluation will be based on two papers and class participation.

The paper requirements for this class qualifies as a substantial paper for purposes of the Certificate in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law but does not qualify for the WIE writing requirement.