Upcoming Environmental Law Courses

Each semester different courses related to environmental law are offered. Below is a listing of the courses that will be offered in Spring 2016! Register for Spring courses now! Want faculty advice for navigating the curriculum? Check out the WCL Pathways Through the Curriculum project, specifically the Environmental and Energy Law Pathway and International Environmental Law Pathway.

Spring 2016

Animal & Wildlife Law (3)

  • MW 8:00-9:20 pm (Hartl & Nemeth)

Advanced Energy Law (2)

  • M 6:00-7:50pm (Solomon & Dotson)

Advanced Environmental Law (3)

  • M 7:30-10:10 pm (Breen)
  • This class focuses on advanced issues in liability under U.S. statutory environmental law, particularly advanced issues in Superfund, and common law issues of environmental torts.

Environmental Litigation (2)

  • M 3:00-4:50 pm (Squire)

Federal Public Lands and Natural Resources (2)

  • M 6:00-7:50 pm (Collins & Kingcade)

Human Rights & Environment (2)

  • Th 10:30am-12:20pm (Redford)

International Energy Law (3)

  • Tu 6-8:50pm (Amerasinghe & Pappalardo)

International Environmental Law (3)

  • TuTh 9:00-10:20 am (Hunter)

Property & Environment (2)

  • W 3:00-4:50 PM (Hughes)

Environmental Advocacy Externship Seminar (3)

  • Time TBD (Davenport & Haughey)

This popular class offers students the unique chance to work as an extern in public interest environmental law, including international development, litigation, sustainability policy, and government service.  Previous students in this class have been placed with such diverse entities as Greenpeace, National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Law Institute, Earthrights International, Oceana, World Wildlife Fund, Department of Justice, D.C. Government, House of Representatives Science Committee, U.S. Senate, Department of Interior, E.P.A., U.S. Trade Representative, the U.N, Center for International Environmental Law, PEER, Natural Resources Defense Council, Department of Energy, and public interest law firm of Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal.  Class time focuses on environmental law theory and practice, as well as D.C. based environmental advocacy. 

The class component is 3 credits; students can earn 1-3 additional credits depending upon the number of hours they work during the semester (140 hrs or approx 10 hrs/week = 1 credit; 210 hrs or approx 15 hrs/week = 2 credits; 280 hrs or approx 20 hrs/week = 3 credits).  There is no final exam.  One of the written assignments during the externship will be submitted as a paper submission by the end of the semester.  Though he is not teaching the course next semester, Professor Bill Snape (wsn ape@wcl.american.edu) is available to assist in finding an externship.

Related Courses:

Administrative Law (3)

Business Associations (4)

Construction Law (2)

  • Th 4:00-5:50pm (Shapiro & Stephenson)

Seminar: Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (2)

  • W 11:00am-12:50pm (Nifosi-Sutton)

International Trade Law I (3)

  • TuTh 10:30-11:50am (Ala’i)

Questions?  Email Erika Lennon at elennon@wcl.american.edu or visit our website: www.wcl.american.edu/environment/courses_upcomingsemester.cfm  



Fall 2015


Climate Change and the Law (3)
MW 12:00-1:20pm

Comparative Environmental Law (3)
TuTh 1:30-2:50pm

Environmental Law (3)
M 7:30-10:10pm

Related Courses

Agriculture and Sustainability (2)
M 6:00-7:50pm

Land Use Planning (3)
TuTh 1:30-3:50pm

Law of the Sea (2)
M 1:00-2:50pm

Oil and Gas Law (2)
M 6:00-7:50pm

Related Core Courses

Administrative Law (3)
TuTh 3:00-4:20pm

MW 6:00-7:20pm

Business Associations (4)
MW 11:00am-12:50pm

MW 8:00-9:50pm

TuTh 10:00-11:50am
MW 10:00-11:50am

Other Related Courses

American Indian Law (2)
TuTh 10:30-11:50am

Federal Courts (4)
TuTh 10:00-11:50am

International Business Transactions (3)
K. Anderson
MW 1:30-2:50pm

International Law (3)
TuTh 3:00-4:20pm

MW 1:30-2:50pm

Law of Nonprofit Organizations (2)
M 8:00-9:50pm


Previous Semester Courses