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271.4 sec. 001 - Environmental Transactional Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Michael Aaron Saretsky  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Matthew Leggett Swanson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Paul David Tanaka  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 244
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32464

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 17
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Environmental issues often play a critical role in business and corporate transactions. Our course on Environmental Transactional Law 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 from environmental or business law courses that are currently offered.

Students will be given seven written and/or verbal assignments 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 (including in-class exercises) and the take-home assignments.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law

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