Boston University School of Law

JD779 Topics in Environmental Law: Current Hot Button Issues (S)


This seminar will examine current hot button issues and controversies in environmental law with an emphasis on their legal and policy implications. Examples may include greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other fossil fuel sources/users; NIMBY fights over the location of pipelines and wind farms; and the respective environmental impacts of wind, solar, biomass and other alternative energy sources, coal, oil, nuclear or natural gas powered-energy. Through stakeholder analysis, role playing and decision making exercises involving actual cases, students will gain a focused understanding of key federal environmental laws, regulations and policies and learn how practicing lawyers apply the law to a complex set of facts where there are no black and white answers. The course will be conducted in seminar format which means that active participation in discussion and in class exercises will count for a major part of the final grade. Several written projects, collaborations and presentations will be required throughout the semester. Experience in Administrative Law is preferred but not required. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.