Environmental and Land Use Law Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Sustainable Business: Transactions and Strategy , JURI: 5667 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental sustainability, the legal challenges facing businesses in attaining environmental sustainability, the incentives for business to achieve sustainable commerce, and possible means that governments may have to encourage or stimulate environmentally sustainable commerce.

  • Urban Resilience , JURI: 5282 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will survey many different topics:  adaptation and resilience, climate and energy, water supply and reuse, and land management and transportation.  Case studies will focus on U.S. cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network, a program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, with an emphasis on Atlanta, Georgia.  Overarching themes we will explore across all content areas include legal constraints of city authority, governance, and the roles of various types of institutions in developing, advancing, and advocating for local policy change.  This course is interdisciplinary, covering ideas in public policy, law, urban planning, and management of natural and energy resources.

  • Water Law , JURI: 4828 , Credit Hours: 3
    The allocation, management, and protection of water resources. Water law is more substantially developed in arid Western states, but is increasingly important in Eastern states that are facing water scarcity. Water law focuses on allocation, access, and use.

  • Wilderness Law and Policy , JURI: 5275 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide an in-depth look at the federal lands managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and subsequent enactments, as well as the regulations that the federal land management agencies employ in governing these lands. In addition, systems of state, private and international wilderness protection will be discussed.

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