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Environmental Law (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-655
  • Class Number: 03318
  • Instructor: James Arnone

Course Description

Co-taught with Michael Romey  mromey@law.usc.edu

This course provides an introduction to environmental law, focusing on public policy and day-to-day practice.  It covers a combination of regulatory and private law, with a special emphasis on disputes and regulations involving contamination in soil, water and air.

The class will analyze a number of federal and state statutes and regulations dictating how hazardous materials should be handled, treated, disposed of, and remedied when pollution occurs.  The class will cover the “Superfund” law, hazardous waste laws, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, federal and state statutes regarding environmental impacts of government decision making, the common law of nuisance and trespass, the Endangered Species Act, laws governing public warnings of potential health risks, principles of environmental justice, global climate change, criminal enforcement of environmental laws, and international environmental law.  The class will also cover the history and policy underpinnings of environmental regulations and restrictions and will focus on the frequent conflicts between competing public policy goals.

Writing Requirement:  Can satisy the upper division writing requirement with a 40-page, numerically graded paper.  Drafts required.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 8:00 am - 9:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 130
  • Exam: Choice of take-home exam or 20-page paper
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Up to .3 points may be awarded