Online Public Lands and Resources Law

Taught by Professor Mike Blumm
(3 credits) Law 420-OL

This course surveys the constitutional, statutory, and common law governing the management of federal lands. It includes a review of the history of public land acquisition, disposition, and reservation, and also examines the authority of Congress, the executive, the judiciary, and the states over public lands which predominate in the western United States. The course examines laws related to the use of forest, range, mineral, water, wildlife, recreation, and wilderness resources of the public lands as well as the application of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act to federal lands.

Course evaluation will be based on a combination of class participation and a final exam. Students will be expected to view the class videos and participate in the discussion boards in the time frames allotted.



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:

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