Environmental Law & Natural Resources

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE 2:15 - 3:05 pm TNH 3.140
WED 2:15 - 3:05 pm TNH 3.125
THU 2:15 - 3:05 pm TNH 3.142

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Midterm October 6, 2022 2:15 pm A-Z in 3.142
Take-home up to 8 hrs December 14, 2022


This three credit survey course focuses on the legal issues that pervade the conservation and regulation of public lands, wildlife, fisheries, and wetlands. These issues include, among others, competing claims of the "public interest" versus private property rights; the roles of administrative agencies and the judiciary in environmental decision making; tensions presented by the multiple use/sustainable yield standard in federal law; conflicts among and between local, state, and federal approaches to natural resource regulation; and the opposing goals of resource management espoused by fishermen, farmers, developers, environmentalists, and recreational users. These issues will be developed in the context of the regulatory schemes embodied in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act and the various statutes that govern federal public lands, such as the Wilderness Act and Federal Land Policy Management Act. The focus of the course is primarily U.S. law; however, it will touch on international law relevant to natural resources and, where appropriate, compare U.S. law to the laws of other countries.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Natural Resources Law : A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, Fourth Edition *
Klein, Christine A., Cheever, Federico, Birdsong, Bret C., Klass, Alexandra B., and Biber, Eric
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business , edition: 4
ISBN: 978-1-4548-9350-9


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
09/08/2022 Exam information updated
08/24/2022 Meeting changed