LAW-2025: Energy and Climate Law and Policy
This course provides an introduction to U.S. energy law and policy. The first portion of the course introduces the nations primary sources of energy: coal, oil, biofuels, natural gas, hydropower, nuclear, wind, and solar energy. In doing so, it explores the physical, market, and legal structures within which these energy sources are extracted, transported, and converted into energy. The second portion of the course turns to the two major sectors of our energy economy: electricity and transportation. The third portion of the course explores case studies of hot topics in energy law and policy that highlight the complex transitions taking place in the energy system. These topics may include smart grid development, nuclear energy, and risks and benefits associated with hydraulic fracturing and deepwater drilling.
Prerequisite(s): None for JD students. LLM students need to have taken at least one environmental law or energy law course (including Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, or Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas Law: Fracking, Takings, Pipelines, and Regulation) or Administrative Law.