Environmental Policy, Politics, and Practice - 2214

Environmental Law, Policy & Politics
Class Term:
Spring Term 2020-2021
Catalog Number:
Simulation Course
2 (0 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
Upper-Level Writing
Experiential Learning
Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Additional Information

This course’s practical simulation will put students into teams to address a real-world environmental policy issue. Each team will approach the issue from a different perspective (for example, one team will represent environmental interests while another will represent a regulated industry or the government). Students will prepare memos, comment letters, presentations, and public statements based on their own research, in response to the arguments of their classmates, and in consideration of their overall strategic and legal goals.

This course may satisfy a ULW or experiential credit requirement. An individual student must select ULW or experiential credit and will earn one or the other, but not both, for the course.

Grading Details


30% class participation, 70% simulation deliverables (7% presentation I; 17.5% memo I; 7% presentation II; 7% memo II; 17.5% rule draft or written comments and presentation III; 14% fact sheets).


In many areas of law, the daily practice is not black-letter analysis and trial practice, but interdisciplinary collaboration and policy development. This is particularly true of environmental law, which combines legal issues in the common law, statutory frameworks, administrative law, private governance, constitutional law, and other legal areas along with scientific understanding, public communications, political persuasion, and ethics. Focusing on environmental issues, this course will provide students with a chance to explore interdisciplinary policy practice through an open-ended semester-long simulation. The simulation is paired with a regular discussion to consider a variety of issues in environmental law and policy.

Environmental Policy, Politics, and Practice