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Spring 2012-2013
ENV 310 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Environmental Law and Moot Court

George S. Hawkins

Examining the relationship between law and environmental policy, this course focuses on cases that have established policy principles. The first half of the seminar will be conducted using the Socratic method. The second half will allow students to reargue either the plaintiff or defendant position in a key case, which will be decided by the classroom jury.

Sample reading list:
Board of Student Advisors, Harvard Law School, Introduction to Advocacy: Research, Writing and Arguments
Stensvaag, J-M, Materials on Environmental Law
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 150 pages per week. Each student will write a Memorandum of Law on a subject jointly selected with Professor Hawkins. Students will learn the structure and content of briefs, memorandum and verbal arguments in class.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Class will be evenly divided between a Socratic exploration of topics raised in an environmental law textbook, which is designed to parallel a law school course. Students will be divided randomly into Moot Court Teams, and will write two briefs, and prepare and deliver two oral arguments in the Supreme Court of Princeton. Each student will also prepare notes for the rest of the class for one class of reading and discussion.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42321 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:12 Limit:10 Closed