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271.4 sec. 001 - Environmental Transactional Law (Fall 2018)

Instructor: Stefanie Ilene Gitler  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Michael Saretsky  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Paul Tanaka  
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Units: 2

Meeting:

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Boalt 130
    From August 22, 2018
    To November 30, 2018

Course Start: August 22, 2018
Course End: November 30, 2018
Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 32264

Enrollment info: Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 27
As of: 06/11 02:26 PM


Environmental issues often play a critical role in business and corporate transactions. This class provides practical skills development focusing on the environmental aspects of business and corporate transactions, with a core emphasis on identification, management, and allocation of environmental liability risks across many industries. The class will use simulated assignments and activities throughout the semester so that class participants will have the opportunity to study legal principles and practical methods as they are embodied in the potential transactions of hypothetical clients. We will provide structured feedback to the students on their assignments and activities through the course of the semester. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a firm understanding of environmental transactional law, including the underlying legal concepts, common issues, and real-world skills central to its practice.

The course will take the law students through one entire transactional experience (in the context of a single real-world transaction), from the initial outset of the transaction to post-closing considerations. The course will include the following practice-based activities: : (i) the essential methodology for conducting due diligence to identify environmental liabilities; (ii) providing legal advice to clients; (iii) best practices in reviewing, negotiating, and drafting transactional documents for environmental matters; ; (iv) retaining and working with expert consultants; (v) use of various risk-management tools; and (vi) addressing post-closing and other special considerations. Our goal is to offer a practice-oriented, experiential-based law course that will be different than environmental or business law courses that are currently offered.

Students will be given short written assignments and exercises throughout the semester, focused on skills that are developed during class sessions, and are expected to attend and contribute to in-class lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Students will be evaluated on the basis of in-class participation and the take-home assignments and exercises.

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Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.


Exam Notes: (P+) Course requires a series of papers.
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF REAL ESTATE AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
    James B. Witkin
    Edition: 4th Ed.
    Publisher: ABA
    ISBN: 9781616329112
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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