Natural Resource Law and the Management of Public Lands and Waters

Course ID: 
ESPM 4256 / 5256
Description: 

(3.0 cr; =[ESPM 5256]; Prereq-3241W or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, odd years)

This course is intended to provide non-law students with an understanding of the role of the judiciary in the management of public lands and public waters. The course will examine Constitutional provisions affecting the management of public resources, the concept of property rights, major principles of water law, the role of the legal system in environmental review, the scope of legal authority granted to administrative agencies, and limitations of private property rights to protect public lands and public waters. The class will introduce students to the concepts of legal reasoning including case synthesis and analysis. The class will be taught using a combination of lecture, guest lectures, and written exercises and class participation.

Syllabus (.pdf)