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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  • Administrative Law , JURI: 4320 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on law controlling federal and state administrative action. Along with constitutional restraints, student is asked to consider statutory and judicially formulated rules for the administrative process. Control over administrative discretion and enforced accountability are major themes. Attention is devoted to federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts.

  • Boot Camp in Animal Welfare Skills , JURI: 5277 , Credit Hours: 1
    This is an intensive-learning class focused on the skills necessary for an animal welfare law practice. It will cover the legal regulation of animals in Georgia and the means of enforcing the various governing statutes. Students will learn to prepare the basic forms used in an animal welfare practice. This class is pass/fail.

  • Civil Externship I , JURI: 5970S, 5971S , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    The objective of this course, in which various governmental and private organizations will provide placements for student externships, is to engage students in three primary learning experiences: direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice; focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts; and reflective appraisal of their own abilities, values, and professional goals. In addition to the field work provided by the externships, a clinic seminar will provide a jurisprudential context in which to consider and organize the learning gained in the field. Register for both 5970S (graded portion) and 5971S (pass/fail portion).

  • Civil Externship II , JURI: 5963S, 5964S , Credit Hours: 3 - 5
    The objective of this course, in which various governmental and private organizations will provide placements for student externships, is to engage students in three primary learning experiences: direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice; focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts; and reflective appraisal of their own abilities, values, and professional goals. In addition to the field work provided by the externships, a clinic seminar will provide a jurisprudential context in which to consider and organize the learning gained in the field. Register for both 5963S (graded portion) and 5964S (pass/fail portion).

  • Dispute Resolution & Systems Design , JURI: 5730 , Credit Hours: 3
    In a world of settlement, this course prepares students to effectively represent clients through an understanding of the design and strategic election between ADR processes, and development of best practices as counsel in each process. Both private processes (arbitration, negotiation, mediation) and public tribunals (domestic and international) are studied.

  • Environmental Law , JURI: 5280 , Credit Hours: 3
    State, Federal, and International legal response to problems of air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, pesticides, noise, and radiation. Emphasis on public regulation, but some consideration given to private remedies.

  • Environmental Law and Government Regulation , JURI: ---- , Credit Hours: 3
    This upper-level elective satisfies the environmental literacy requirement and counts towards the Environmental Law minor and the Certificate in Sustainability with no prerequisites. A good choice for anyone considering law school or who has an interest in environmental law, policy or economics, the course is designed for pre-law students, natural resources / environmental / ecology / anthropology majors and minors to examine the environmental laws that govern the use of our natural resources. This Environmental Law course will engage students in examining how current laws ensure the protection and preservation of our national and global natural resources along with existing and future challenges to that protection and preservation. Topics include CWA, CAA, ESA, economic justice, waste disposal, and global climate change. This is your chance to scrutinize the scope and efficacy of environmental laws and to debate your classmates on your position. This course is scheduled by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. AAEC 4930 AAEC 6930 ECOL 4810 ECOL 6810 ENVM 4930 FANR 4810 FANR 6810

  • Environmental Law Drafting , JURI: 5281 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will use a case study approach to cover the types and purposes of writing found in an environmental law practice.  Students will study and draft a number of the typical documents used in environmental rulemaking, public comments and rulemaking responses, transactional agreements, and environmental litigation.   Students will be working from the perspectives of the variety of stakeholders found in environmental law - including property owners, industry, and the general public. 

  • Environmental Law Practicum , JURI: 5289S , Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems identified by watershed stakeholders/clients, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues.  There are no prerequisites, but Environmental Law or Natural Resource Law is recommended.

  • Federal Courts , JURI: 4570 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on the structure, jurisdiction, and powers of federal courts. Coverage will include: development of the federal court system; selection of judges; the judicial power under Article III; justiciability and the case-or-controversy requirement (standing, ripeness, mootness, political questions); the Erie doctrine; federal common law; challenges to jurisdiction; federal question jurisdiction; diversity jurisdiction; venue and transfer; special problems of removal jurisdiction.

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