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Spring 2021

Course Description
This course will take a broad view of environmental planning and analysis while focusing specifically on the requirements for and preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). We will look in detail at the statutory requirements and procedures at the federal level. Our approach will rely heavily on judicial opinions that provide compelling examples of environmental disputes and controversies. We will also read excerpts from policy and social science essays that consider the successes and failures of the EIS process, the effect of the EIS process on bureaucracies, and the participation of the public in environmental planning. An additional unit that will be integrated into above readings will consider some of the substantive requirements of environmental impact analyses, such as assessments of the physical and biological environments, as well as socioeconomic impacts. Students will specialize in an EIS and prepare a case study based on the Environmental Document. You are expected to attend class meetings and participate in discussions. Attendance is required for this course. Absence from more than four classes will adversely affect your course grade. Cellular phones and laptops play no part in our course so please turn them OFF.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   TR  3:00 PM-4:15 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: You are expected to attend class meetings and participate in discussions. Readings should be completed before class. Grades will be calculated as follows: Exercise #1 (written) (26 JAN) - 25% Exercise #2 (written) (11 FEB) - 20% Exercise #3 (written) (5 APR) - 20% Exercise #4 (Group Project) (26 APR) - 25% Class Participation - 10% Exercise #1 will be an analysis of a current draft or final Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment. Maximum length will be 4 double-spaced typed pages. During the first week of the semester (by January 14 - Thursday) you must select an EIS (draft or final) from the Federal Register (found in Government Documents of Richter Library or the Law Library) or the Internet and request a copy from the appropriate federal agency or consulting firm. Another source for current EISs is the Uniform Resource Locator for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the EPA Websites:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Co-Listed Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Environmental Law (Area of Focus)   More information
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Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: No first class assignment   



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Phone: 305-361-4685
Office: x54685