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Spring 2014
6341 Water Law - BRAY- 23499

Professor(s): Zachary Bray (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 1:00p-2:30p  TThLocation: TUII-240 

Course Outline: As water law issues become increasingly prominent in the news, public discourse, and legal practice, many ask: is water the most important natural resource? If so, why, and how does water law affect the ways that we use and develop land, energy, and other resources? This course combines a general survey of U.S. water law and policy with an examination of water law doctrines, institutions, and policy issues of particular significance to Texas. One goal of this class, therefore, is to give students a basic introduction to the laws and institutions that have shaped the use, development, and preservation of water throughout the United States. Thus, we will examine the legal principles and doctrines that have shaped the use of surface water and groundwater in different jurisdictions across the United States, as well as the evolution of public and private rights in these resources. In addition, this class is intended to examine how water law doctrines and water law institutions have evolved in Texas. The final goal of this class is to examine the evolution of water law as it influences the use, development, and preservation of other important resources.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Website reading #1
Website reading #2

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First Day Assignments: First Assignment:Casebook 1-13; Website Reading #1
Second Assignment: Website Reading #2

Final Exam Schedule: 05/08 1-4pm  240 BLB    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No