Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental law may be the one institution standing between us and planetary exhaustion. It is also an institution that needs to be reconciled with human liberty and economic aspirations. This course considers these issues and provides a tour though existing legal regimes governing pollution, water law, endangered species, toxic substances, environmental impact analyses, and environmental risk.

About The Course

This course will expose students to legal reasoning, especially from the reading of cases involving real-life environmental disputes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I earn for completing this course?

You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.

If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course.  While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment. 

Recommended Background

No prior training or coursework in law is required. Not intended as a course for law students in professional school or as a substitute for any full undergraduate course on the subject. Audience will be English speakers with an interest in law, environmental issues, and at least high-school-level educational backgrounds.