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Legal Research: Environmental Law

NOTE: This course will meet for two hours and run for the first seven weeks of the semester. Because of the shortened course structure, students may not add this course after the first class meeting.

This one-credit course will provide in-depth exposure to the legal resources and the most effective research techniques used in the practice of environmental, natural resources, and energy law. There will be a strong emphasis on administrative law and the rulemaking process in addition to advanced statutory and case law research, and students will explore current awareness tools, specialized information databases, international environmental legal research, environmental dispute resolution resources, legislative tracking and legislative history, science and statistics sources, cost-effective research strategies, and current and archived sources of government information.

The course is designed to complement other environmental, natural resources, and energy law courses and clinics, and to allow students to apply knowledge gained in this class to their research, clinical, journal, and work experiences.

Evaluation will be based on participation, in and out of class exercises, and a final project on a topic within environmental, natural resources, or energy law of the student’s choosing.