Environmental Law Advocacy I

Environmental Law Advocacy I - Professor Craig Johnston

  • Course Number: LAW-594
  • Course Type: Experiential
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: This class centers on a moot court experience, but includes more than that. During the first four or five weeks, each student will write a brief on an environmental problem. There will also be classroom sessions focusing on both brief-writing and oral advocacy. Over approximately the next three weeks, the students will engage in six rounds of argument. The first three of these arguments are practice rounds and the next three are competition rounds.

    After the six rounds of argument are over, the top three advocates (based on both the brief and the arguments) will be offered the chance to participate on our national team for the Pace Environmental Moot Court Competition. We also will name alternates. From that point forward, the students who are on the Pace team collectively will write a brief (due around Thanksgiving) for the Pace competition (the oral-advocacy part of the Pace competition happens during the spring semester). Everyone else will rewrite the brief they wrote for the in-school competition, based on the comments they have received both on the brief they first submitted and during the course of the practice and competition rounds.

    This course is graded. Students who re-write their briefs can use those re-written briefs to satisfy either one of our upper-level writing requirements.

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Re-written brief
  • Capstone: yes
  • WIE: yes