5354 Environmental Law Practicum - HESTER- 20718
Tracy Hester (DIRECTOR/SUPERVISOR )
Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Time: 1:00p-2:30p TTH Location:
Course Outline: This course will overview key areas of practice within environmental law such as regulatory counseling and permitting, contested administrative hearings, civil enforcement, criminal liability, private litigation over environmental contamination, policy advocacy, auditing and privileged investigations, and environmental aspects of corporate transactions. Each lecture topic will be paired with a separate presentation by a guest speaker who practices in that area, and who will participate in a simulation of a live project or case that a team of students will work on. These speakers have included in prior years the Harris County Attorney (civil enforcement), the Galveston Bay Foundation (permitting), the Harris County District Attorney (criminal), the Audubon Society (policy advocacy), in-house counsel for several energy corporations (transactions, counseling), plaintiff’s environmental attorneys (contested case hearings), NGOs (regulatory commenting), and others.
Course Syllabus: The course syllabus will be provided on a class website and updated as the semester progresses. The class, by necessity, varies from year to year, but you can get a sense of the typical roster of projects by reviewing last year’s syllabus at
Course Notes: Quota= 12
NO final exam or paper requirement, but grades will include student participation and each student’s completion of a portfolio of projects that they undertake for their chosen guest speakers.
Regarding Prerequisites: No prerequisite, but students are encouraged to 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 are welcome to the class and encouraged to enroll, but I recommend that you talk with me about the Practicum and ways that we can assist your participation in class projects.
First Day Assignments: None.
Final Exam Schedule:
This course will have:
Paper: No - see Course Notes.
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No
Experiential Course Type: simulation
Bar Course: No
Course Materials (10/9/2017 4:09:38 PM)
No book required for this course
Course Materials: Readings will be provided on class website as announced in class.