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Natural Resources Law and Science

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

The class will present an interdisciplinary overview of natural resources law and policy – which also explores the interaction between law and science – that is designed to accommodate law students, scientists, and other professionals. The course will focus on law and policy considerations relevant to land and ecosystem management, as well as management and conservation of biodiversity. The class will also consider the challenges inherent in integrating law, policy, and science to effectively protect and manage these resources. Finally, the course will highlight issues posed by both climate change and recent political change.

Online Section

This course will be offered online. The class will present an interdisciplinary overview of natural resources law and policy and will also explore the interaction between law and science. The course will focus on law and policy considerations relevant to land and ecosystem management, as well as management and conservation of biodiversity. The class will also consider the challenges inherent in integrating law, policy, and science to effectively protect and manage these resources. Finally, the course will highlight issues posed by both climate change and recent political change. 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