About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Environmental Law (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-655
- Class Number: 03318
- Instructor: James Arnone
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.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: Th 8:00 am - 9:50 am
- Room Number: Room 103
- Exam: Choice of a three-hour take-home exam or a 20-page paper bases on the pre-approved topic
- Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
- Participation: Points will be awarded
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