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Spring 2017
5354 Environmental Law Practicum - HESTER- 24966

Professor(s): Tracy Hester (DIRECTOR/SUPERVISOR )

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 1:00p-2:30p  MW  Location: 115  BLB

Course Outline: This course will overview key areas of practice within environmental law such as regulatory counseling and permitting, civil enforcement, criminal liability, private litigation over environmental contamination, policy advocacy, and environmental aspects of commercial transactions. Each lecture topic will be paired with a separate presentation by a guest speaker who practices in that area, and who will provide examples of live projects and cases for class participation and review. These speakers may include the Harris County Attorney (civil enforcement), the Galveston Bay Foundation (permitting), the Harris County District Attorney (criminal), the Audubon Society (policy advocacy) and others.

Course Syllabus: Previous year syllabus: Here. Syllabus is updated during the spring as the semester progresses (link will be updated as necessary).

Course Notes:   Quota= 12
The class may have a short final exam to reinforce class lecture concepts.
NO paper, but grades will include student participation and performance on several class team projects provided by guest speakers.

Prerequisites: Yes  Students must have already taken Environmental Law, a similar class (such as Environmental Law in the Oil & Gas Industry), or have backgrounds that provide equivalent experience. Students who have not taken Environmental Law must have approval from the instructor before enrolling in the class.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Project      

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (11/11/2016 2:11:34 PM)

No book required for this course

Textbook: I will provide a collection of selected readings to students. I will also try to have these materials posted on a class website.